Many people have heard of the “Amish Made Heaters” on TV or from friends and family but have never actually purchased one or seen them work. This article is going to give a review based on specifications delivered from the manufacturer over what all is included, specifications, warranties and general product information.
What is a “Heat Surge Fireplace”?
Before we can start talking about the features of the product, let us first describe what it even is. The “Heat Surge Fireplace” is an electric fireplace made by Amish communities all around the world. The heater works off basic 110 Watt electricity which can be found in most homes. The fireplace is supposed to deliver a large amount of heat to heat an entire home (depending upon size) and is supposed to be an alternative to central or gas heating units. It is also said that the “Heat Surge Fireplace” can heat a house just as efficiently as central or gas heating units, but at a fraction of the cost.
How does the heater actually work?
The “Heat Surge” fireplace uses what is labeled as Hybrid-Thermic ™ heat. This heating element is said to produce heat in the same way the sun produces heat, through the far infrared rays of the light spectrum. This type of heating elements is supposed to be far more effective than normal space heaters when heating a room and is said to remain cool to the touch, so there is no risk of burning yourself or your family when the heater is working.
The fireplace is said to produce up to 4600 BTU worth of power when the heater is on its high setting. There is a small turbine inside the heater that is constantly manipulating these spectrums of light and slowly pushing that heated air out into the room through a vent.
Since the heater uses the same energy source as the sun it is said that the effects feel much like the sun as well. We stand outside on a sunny day and we can feel the warmth of the sun’s rays beaming down and heating the world around us. The “Heat Surge Fireplace” works in almost the exact same way. It uses turbines to push these “invisible rays” out the vent which essentially works just like the sun, heating the air around the home as well as elements inside the home, humans, walls, pets, furniture and more.
Is it Safe?
The “Heat Surge Fireplace” is 100% electric and there is no actual flame present. The flame that you see on these fireplaces is actually fake; it is made up of electricity. This “Fireless Flame” is one of the most popular elements of the Heat Surge heaters. Since there is no actual flame or fire, it is 100% safe for you, your kids, and your pets.
What if my home is too big to be heated properly?
The good thing about the Heat Surge Fireplace is it comes with a 30 Day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your fireplace, all you have to do is contact the dealer and schedule the return and send it back to them. They will give you a 100% money back refund for your purchase, but it must be within 30 days of your purchase.
Where is the Heater Made?
Depending upon rather you are taking about the “Heating Elements” or the mantle and furniture surrounding the unit.
The heating element is created and manufactured in China.
The actual mantle and surrounding elements of the heater are “Hand-Made” by the Amish community(s) in the United States. Ohio is known for their Amish communities and this is where the majority of the fireplaces are made: (Geauga County, Middlefield, Ohio and Trumbull County, Mesopotamia, Ohio)
What is the heating element made of?
The heating element and the technology that actually heats the area are made up of two (2) sub elements. The turbine which is composed of a 24 blade fan, which draws cool air from outside into the unit and then it forces it into the “heating chamber”. The heating chamber is made out of steel and has a nickel induction heating primer. Once the cool air is drawn from outside and forced into this heating chamber, it is warmed, and then pushed out into your home/room.
Is there a “Best Location” for the heater?
Well common principals in air and gravity is that warm air rises, however with that being said wherever you put the heater it will work as intended. Since warm air is going to rise no matter what it is best to place the heater against a wall or in a corner facing the center of the room. This will allow the air to vent out and warm the room wall to wall, and since the warm air rises it will also warm the air from the floor all the way up to the ceiling as well.
How much Installation time or Experience is needed?
The great thing about these heathers is that they come “Pre-Assembled” from the manufacturer. There are no pieces to put together, no screws to screw it, nothing. All you have to do is take it out of the box, put it where you want it, and plug it in.
With the cost of electricity and natural gas constantly going up and the price of living increasing as well, individuals are always looking for ways to save money and cut cost. It is said that the cost of heating your home using a “Heat Surge Fireplace” will greatly reduce the usage associated with using a central or gas heater. With that being said, these products seem to make a great option for anyone looking to lower their monthly utility bills.
The economy is putting a strain on everyone’s budget now days; people are always looking for ways to lower their family’s monthly expenses. Without a doubt utilities are one of the biggest expenses a family will incur (besides their mortgage) each month. When it comes to utilities 90% of the time the electric bill is going to be the highest utility, and this is because many homes require electric in order to heat and cool their home with central heat and air units.
It makes sense that since this is the most expensive utility couples normally encounter, this would be the one bill people would look at when trying to figure out a way to lower their monthly bill. Many times you can find specific light bulbs that burn at lower rates and lose less electricity; you can also find appliances that do the same. However, one thing that not many people think about is their heater, there are heaters out there made by the Amish that are made specifically to help lower a family’s electric bill and be just as effective at heating a home.
What is an “Amish Made” Electric Fireplace?
An Amish made electric fireplace (also referred to as a Heat Surge Fireplace) is an electric fireplaces that contains an electric heating element (manufactured in China) and put into a mantle and furniture here in the United States by the Amish community.
These Amish made electric fireplaces are setup as “Flameless Flames” so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself when touching them. They are also set to be able to provide over 4500 BTU’s when they are cranked up to their higher settings as well.
The fireplaces are designed to work with any 110 watt power supply, so you can essentially plug it into almost all modernized homes in the United States.
Pros & Advantages of an “Amish Made” Fireplace
Just like with any product there are going to be pros (advantages) and cons (disadvantages) and it is very important to point out each of those when looking into purchasing a product. When it comes to the Amish electric fireplace there are several advantages they have over traditional space heaters or coil heaters, as well as conventional gas powered heating units.
- Flameless Flame – This is one of the best elements of the electric heaters, the flame that you see on the front of the heater is not actually a “Flame” at all, it is electrically created, so there is no chance of you burning yourself, your pets or your kids getting hurt.
- 100% Electric NO Fumes - Many houses use natural gas to heat their home, with this being 100% electric you don’t have to worry about natural gas to heat your home. While natural gas may be a cheaper alternative sometimes o electricity, it also runs the risk of carbon monoxide poising which is very deadly, and since the fumes are odorless it can be very fatal.
- Mobility – Many people like to get small space heaters to put throughout their house to heat the entire house. However, running several heaters at one time can have an opposite effect on your electric bill, running multiple heaters are one time will get costly. The Amish made electric heaters are very mobile. They come with wheels on them so you can easily move them from room to room if you wish and not have to worry about multiple items running up your electric bill.
- 110 Watt Electric Hookup – Many heaters and air conditioners require a home to have a 220 watt plugin in order to run. The Amish electric heaters run off the standard 110 watt plugin, so they are 100% universal in all homes in the United States, there is no special wiring required, just plug in the wall and that’s it.
Cons & Disadvantages to the Heat Surge Amish Electric Heaters
As we mentioned earlier in the article there are pros and cons to every product on the market and part of our job is to review a product honestly and give both sides to the product. In order to provide a honest review you must also look at some of the downsides to any products, below you will find some of the cons (or disadvantages) to the Amish electric heater.
- Stationary – Now the electric heaters are very mobile so you can use them in any room and they are able to move from room to room, however unless your home is small, in order to heat the entire house you will be required to move the unit from room to room.
- Heat Output - While the heater has a 4600 BTU output when it is on the highest setting you must understand that when it is on the highest setting it will require to use a lot of electricity. So if you are looking to heat an entire house, unless the house is one story and small, it will be hard to heat the entire house effectively without constantly moving the unit and keeping the unit running at all time, especially if it is a cold winter.
The Amish electric heaters are manufactured for the most part right here in the United States. The actual heating element that produces the heat is manufactured in China and then shipped to the Amish communities, however the entire mantel and wood frame that the fireplace sits in is made in Amish communities right here in the US.
If you are looking for a way to lower your monthly electric bill these Amish heaters provide a very good alternative to various space heaters and maybe even full on electric or natural gas powered central heating units depending upon the size of your home.
When it comes to spending money, many want the most for their money; this typically means saving money wherever and however one can. In almost every way, people want to save the most money on their everyday needs, mostly their bills and cost of living. By many people’s standards, there are different methods that can and will work to help anyone and everyone save money each month to lower their bills; more specifically finding ways to lower your gas bills.
With the cost of living changing nearly every day of every month, finding money saving methods has become much more than just the smart thing to do; it is becoming a trend that many are taking part in in every way possible.
Natural Gas vs. Everything Else: Why is it better?
As one of the greatest ways to supply your home with energy, natural gas has a multitude of betterments that hold precedence above oil and even electricity. This includes:
- Lower Rates and Pricing
- Advanced Productivity
- Surpassed Reliability (Regardless of Weather Conditions)
- Being Predominantly Composed Domestically
More and more it is becoming the most utilized form of energy that many homeowners prefer when it comes to heating up their home in the winter, cooking their daily meals, washing their clothing, and much more. However, much like with anything else that produces energy, natural gas can still become costly if you are not using common sense to being more energy efficient.
Saving Money: Lowering your Gas Bills
More often than not, the majority of your energy bills come from the heating and cooling of your home. With that, many will find that they are not saving as much money as they thought they would through the use of Natural Gas as their main energy source. It is because of this money saving methods have been created to help everyone save money by getting the most for their money. To lower the cost of energy bills, especially those gas energy bills:
- Clean or Replace the Air Furnace Filters Once a Month
- Clean and Make any Repairs Needed
- Ensure that the Home is Properly Insulated (Often times homeowners will find their home, though in good shape cosmetically, is not internally in good shape as they thought)
- Purchase an Automatic Thermostat (which can make the proper adjustments when you are not at home)
In many cases, some homeowners do not know that their Hot Water Heater is one of the biggest money stealers. Due to the heat it produces, it can also impact the energy bills because the heat it produces is lost without proper use. One way to combat this is to:
- Purchase a Hot Water Heater Kit (This will also help decrease the loss of heat being produced and lost)
You can also take measures by performing yearly energy saving methods like:
- Taking a full bucket of water out of the bottom of the water heater tank
With this method done each year, sediment that can build up over a year’s time, can be removed; causing your heating element to properly perform its job by warming up the water and making the water heater much more efficient with each use.
There are a lot of ways to lower your energy bill; as stated above. By following these and many other tips, all energy bills can be significantly reduced in no time at all.
What Else Can Help Lower Energy Bills? Becoming Energy Efficient
There are many ways families and individuals alike can become more energy efficient. Some are based on common sense and some are based on understanding the appliances and other items used in the home that take energy to use. Being energy efficient means:
- Using Less Electricity (We all remember Mom and Dad becoming a little fussy over wasted electricity because no one would remember to turn the light out when not in the room)
- Unplug Any Appliances and Other Items While They Are Not In Use (Surprisingly, a great amount of energy can be lost through one small unused electrical appliance or item not being used on a regular basis)
- Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances and Compact-Florescent Lighting (It has been proven that even in the smallest of ways, by changing the type of light bulbs used, homeowners can make a small but significant difference in their energy bill)
Much more can be done to help save money. With the above tips, homeowners can:
- Reduce the Temperature of the Hot Water that is stored inside the tank (We all love a nice hot shower but we must keep in mind the importance of getting the most of our money)
- Take Shorter Showers (It has been found that one 5 minute shower equals enough water to bath a small child)
- Purchase Thermal Curtains (These are very useful all year around)
- Ensuring that all Windows and Doors are Properly Insulated (Some homeowners may be surprised by the amount of money they can save by performing this one energy saving act)
- Deep Cleaning the Lint Trap of your Clothes Dryer (Many are not aware of the lint trap being much more than just that little screen that captures the lint after each cycle through the dryer. Go deeper with special vacuum attachments that can be inserted into where the lint trap screen sits and see how much more comes out. Not only will you save money, you will help prevent you dryer becoming a fire hazard as well.)
A lot can be done to help reduce the gas and other energy bills in the home; some things are much simpler than others but it can be done. By being energy smart, not only does a home become cost saving rather than costly but homeowners will find they have added money to their savings rather than draining it; making for a happy home and happy homeowner.
When the weather gets colder and your thermostat keeps going up in temperature but blankets are still coming out of the blanket chest to get and keep warm, there may be a bigger reason than just the weather being colder than your heating unit can keep up with. In this article, you will be given 8 ways to get and keep your house warm.
It’s just not warm enough: Why?
In the cold months of fall and winter you may ask yourself; “Why can’t I keep my house warm?” There are many reasons your home may not stay warm. These causes are small and you may not even be aware of how they can affect the warmth of your home. Let’s look at what causes these may be.
1) Uncovered or Exposed Windows
2) Your Home is not Properly Insulated as a whole
3) Cracks or Gaps (Many may not realize it but as a home ages, like wrinkles on our faces, homes can develop cracks and gaps in its foundation and the walls the make your house a home.)
4) Ensure Each Room is Getting its Share of the Heat (In some cases, you can install separate room thermostats for proper heating in the rooms that are most used)
5) Rooms Not in Use (Many homes have a Guest Bedroom or Spare Room of Some Sort that is now always used. (If a room is not occupied, shut off the vents and close the door; keeping this room from “stealing” warmth it does not need)
8 Ways on How to Keep your House Warm
To prevent your house from losing heat and keeping your house warm without using so much energy to do it, follow these simple tips. These tips will soon show not only is your house staying warmer but your wallet is staying a little fuller as well.
One of the biggest heat keepers you can use is:
- Heavy or Thermal Curtains
Your home will stay warmer in the cooler months as well as cooler in the warmer months too.
With that in mind, you will want to:
- Ensure your Home is Properly Insulated
Inspect your home deeper, you may find the insulation is not as helpful as it once may have been. As energy prices rise, it will make a difference reinsuring your house and your warmth by reinsulating your home however way possible.
- Seal it up
Like anything else with age, changes happen. In your home, you may find gaps and cracks. On average, the more gaps and or cracks you find the more it is like leaving a window open all year round and in the colder months, you cause your house to use more energy to stay warm than it may have to give. Regardless of where and how you find it, seal it up.
Add this next tip to your heat keeping list:
- Install A Window Valance
While most will believe this to be a window décor choice, it is much more than that. A valance will help prevent cold air from entering in and keeps the warmth from your home escaping. Of course the added décor won’t hurt matters either.
As you decide on which fabric to use on your valance, there are a few more tips you can follow. Try to:
- Watch the Temperature in your Home
Some homes have one thermostat. This makes keeping the house comfortable for everyone a little difficult. However, there are some that give you the ability to gage the temp in different areas of the house. If for some reason you do not have an up to date way of keeping your eye on the temperature of your home, go with an old faithful and get a thermometer. By having something you can always look at, you have a better way of knowing just how much you need to adjust to get your home at a comfortable temp.
Sometimes you may find that one room is often warmer or colder than other in your home. It is in these moments that you should ask yourself, “Is this room being used any more than usual?” If the answer is no:
- Close it off
In some homes, there are extra rooms, like a guest room. It may be in great use at certain times of the year; like Christmas, there are more times when it is not in use and is just using energy it does not need. By closing off the vents and keeping the door shut, you allow your home to generate more energy to be put to better use.
Let’s take it a step further, shall we? Why are we using man made energy at times when we can be using the natural energy that is around us? Good question, right? I thought so too! So with that said, try:
- Letting the Sun it
Daily, even in the fall and winter months, the sun still gives a level of warm that can be used more than we realize. This is especially true if you have North facing windows. So, each morning when you wake up, though you wish not to give your neighbors too much to look at, at any given time, open up those curtains and let the sun in!
The final tip, but certainly not the very last thing you can do, to follow is:
- Cleaning and Repairing your Heating Source
By regularly maintaining your heating unit, you allow your home to stay warm in those colder months and you extend the life of your unit. Nothing is more costly than replacing something you could have kept in working order when you take the opportunity. This includes cleaning or replacing your air filters on a regular basis.
Keeping your home warm and energy efficient is important, these tips and many others are available so that you can save money; and stay comfortable in your home all year around. Ultimately, the best tip of all than you can have is to find what works best for you and your home.