SolarFlare Infrared Heaters Get Spacey

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With the SolarFlare Infrared Heaters, there’s really just one hurdle in buying one: the brand name. Colour me jerk, but having something in my home emblazoned with “SolarFlare” isn’t really comforting. I’m far too much of a sci-fi geek not to think of an actual solar flare – an unpredictable ribbon of the hottest hot that exists, a shot of energy from the sun that would surely cause instant death to anything it comes near. But if that doesn’t bother you, the SolarFlare Infrared Heater could be the compact heater your space needs.

Unlike a true solar flare, the SolarFlare Infrared Heater actually provides even, controlled heating, ideal for a 1,000 square foot space. Wheel (it’s on casters) the oak-covered infrared heater where you want it, plug it in, turn the power on (an “Opti-Switch” that lets you choose between low or high energy usage), set the temperature on the infrared heater’s thermostat and comfortable warmth is yours. The low-noise dual fans help keep air flowing through the infrared heater’s quartz elements. Its filters grab any dust and dirt before redistributing the now warm air out into your room.

The key benefits of an infrared heater are:

  • They draw and circulate air without affecting the humidity in your home. This means you won’t experience the dryness often associated with indoor heaters
  • While all heat rises, the SolarFlare Infrared Heater distributes heat evenly with only one or two degrees difference between ceiling and floor
  • No gas or oil are needed. This means they’re safer, non-fumey and run off clean electricity. The manufacturer says you can expect to save $$$ on heating bills if you use it instead of your furnace
  • SolarFlare Infrared Heaters operate at a max of 1500 Watts and a minimum of 1000 Watts. The heater measures 17.5″ tall, 13″ wide and 19.5″ deep. Each unit is engineered, produced and assembled in the United States (U-S-A! U-S-A!) and comes with a 3-year warranty. There are also an assortment of finishes for the oak case, ideal for matching your home’s decor and aesthetic.

    While these retail for about $600, contacting the manufacturer directly might get you your best deal.

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    About Jen

    Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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    2 thoughts on “SolarFlare Infrared Heaters Get Spacey”

    1. They heat like they say they do. I own one. I wish I had one more so I could heat the whole house with them.They are cheaper than gas. Superior operating, love the way it heats a room.Very easy to move from one room to the other.Then sit down & relax, get warm.


      Mike Wiles

    2. I looked into these the other week having seen a similar one on sale at BJ’s. After surfing tirelessly for some performance info I found one guy that runs his for about $6 a day (although I don’t know what he pays per kw or the outside temp). While that seems cheap for 1,000 sq ft my house has multiple floors that just wouldn’t get warm enough from a first floor heater and my house is roughly 2000 sq feet. But even assuming that one unit could heat my home, the $6 a day is more than it costs to run the gas fired forced air furnace.


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