OK, one sign of halloween, as made clear from his zombie post yesterday, is that Jason has been watching (too many!) horror movies.
But the other sign, all too predictable over recent years, is that those darned full-page “Amish” heater (the Heat Surge…or it is the Heat Scurge?) ads are running again. Miracle? No. But predictable and scary, maybe even scarier than one of those Zombie movies. And from the ad, it looks like Sears has joined the game.
And although they’re now advertising the ” Heat Surge HT” with their trademarked “Hybrid-Thermic” technology, it doesn’t change what we’ve talked before (see reviews and commentary here, and here, and here, for example). I won’t spend a lot of time on the retread except to warn people NOT to waste their money. A lot of hype, expensive ads, and a tremendously overpriced product. This gets my “Don’t Buy” recommendation once again.
In some circumstances, space heaters can help, but in most homes it’s usually less expensive to heat your whole house with gas or oil than it is to run even a couple electric heaters. And even then, you can find units that will deliver the same heat at a much lower price (albeit without the goofy ad). Save your money. Make your home more comfortable and save energy with both simple tips and more extensive–and smarter–home improvements like insulating and air-sealing.