Dr. Infrared Heater Review

Introduction:

Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 is a durable and sturdy device that is perfect for anyone who works at a construction site, garage, workshop or basement most of the time. It has a beautiful design that makes it reliable to be used in extreme cold as it can keep you warm while you’re working outside your home. 

The infrared heater distributes heat uniformly and evenly in the workspace so that it remains warm while you’re in your workspace. Dr. Infrared heater is one of the most popular industrial heaters available in the market.

Infrared Heater Buying Guide:

Infrared heaters have become very popular because of their ease of use and their consistent heating features. There are different types and styles of heaters. Some are environment friendly, inexpensive, outdoors, and industrial ones.

Infrared heaters transfer energy using electromagnetic radiation. They produce large amounts of heat while resulting in lower energy bills. These heaters are portable and are perfect for rooms that have inadequate heating spaces. If you’re confused about buying the type of infrared heater, read this buying guide. Following are the factors which you should consider before buying an infrared heater:

Safety:

Before purchasing an infrared heater, make sure that it has a sticker that says it’s UL Certified. This certification will ensure that the infrared heater you’re going to buy is according to safety standards and its safety features are in compliance with the regulations of the United States government. There are additional safety features too which you should look for such as automatic shut off trigger, that shuts off the device in emergency situations. This feature acts as a fail-safe in case the device tips down or is knocked over onto its face.

Heating technology:

Infrared heaters use invisible light waves that are very similar to the waves that are emitted from the sun. The surrounding objects and atmosphere easily absorb the heat that is transferred by the infrared heaters. This way the warmth in the room is increased and remains consistent because of the heating consistency.

Infrared heaters are equipped with advanced heating technology so that the device is comfortable and safe to use. However, since the heat is not circulated around the workspace, the temperature difference between the floor and the ceiling is around 2 to 3 degrees. Infrared heaters don’t require any oxygen from the room and they eliminate the need of humidifiers during the winter season too.

Wattage:

The wattage of an infrared heater determines the amount of heat the device produces. A common infrared heater requires around 750 to 1500 Watts. The output of an infrared heater is directly related to the amount of wattage it uses. Thus, the higher the wattage, the higher the heating power. Room heaters produce more heat as compared to spot heaters that use only 300 Watts. However, if a heater uses more wattage, it will consume more energy too and that affects your electricity bill.

Quality:

There are different qualities of infrared heaters and some brands manufacture better quality as compared to others. Infrared heaters have a particular lifespan and it can be determined by the quartz bulbs/tubes. Quartz tubes have a lifespan of around 20,000 to 60,000 hours and after that it has to be replaced. Good quality infrared heaters have bulbs that are very durable and long lasting. Most leading brands have good customer reviews as they manufacture reliable products which are long lasting and durable.

Timer:

A timer is a handy component in an infrared device that allows you to turn off the heater after a particular time period. Also, you can turn it on whenever you want to for a particular period and set the time so that it shuts off itself without you having to shut it down manually. Some of the infrared heaters have 12 hour timers which give you a good opportunity to plan ahead of time.

Types of bulbs used:

Most of the infrared heaters are equipped with quartz bulbs and heating elements as they offer a fast way to give good heat response and make the workspace warm and comfortable. Quartz bulbs are very durable, and they can easily withstand infrared rays to a good extent. Mica is another filament that is used. There are many good quality infrared heaters that won’t require you to change the bulb as they are very long lasting.

Dimensions:

The dimensions of an infrared heater are also important to consider. Taking a look at the dimensions will help you get a heater that fits perfectly into your space. For example, if you have a good space to keep the heater, you can go for the one with a bookshelf design. Sometimes, when you don’t have a good floor space you can go for the towel design which allows you to occupy lesser space on the floor. If you don’t want to crowd the work space with a bulky infrared heater, you can go for fireplace inserts that can be fitted easily into a room wall.

Remote control:

There are many good quality infrared heaters available in the market that have a remote control feature too. This is a luxury feature and it isn’t necessary to have it because you can get on well without it too. However, having a remote control allows you to change the settings of the heater at the comfort of sitting in your place. With a remote control you don’t have to go and change the settings manually on the heater.

Power cord:

When you are going to buy an infrared heater, make sure that there’s a power cord included. The power cord is long enough and allows you to keep the heater at any location in your workspace. This cord is designed long enough that there is no trip hazard created. Also, make sure that the power bar is rated accurately for the wattage of the heater and the heater is UL certified if you have to plug it into an extension.

Warranty:

Infrared heater manufacturers mostly offer a warranty of one year which is good enough, while some of them even offer a 2 year warranty. In case there is a defective device, you can have the protection offered by the manufacturer and have it replaced. So to be on the safer side it’s imperative that you look for the warranty available with the infrared heater. According to our recommendation, you must go for the device which offers a 2 year warranty.

Heating area:

The heating area is that area which will be heated by an infrared heater. The heating area is measured in square feet and if you have a large workspace you should go for the infrared heater that can heat more square feet of it. High-end infrared heaters can heat areas of up to 1000 to 1800 sq. ft. However, if you’re looking for heating up a small space, it isn’t necessary that you go for the higher rating. An infrared heater with a heating area of around 500 to 700 sq. ft will also do the job.

Price:

The price of the infrared heater will greatly depend on the brand you’re going to buy. If you have a small workspace, you’ll need a small infrared heater and it will cost you around $40. If you want a high end infrared heater of a good brand, it can cost you around $300. However, you must remember that an expensive infrared heater doesn’t guarantee quality and thus you have to wisely make your decision by considering all the above factors.

Uses of an Infrared heater:

Infrared heaters are very useful, but they aren’t meant to be used all year round because of the changing weather. Most of the time, you’ll need an infrared heater only when it is very cold. The infrared heaters aren’t used to heat the entire house, in fact they are meant for heating a room or a spot. Mostly they are used to supplement an existing heating system. Following are some of the uses of an infrared heater:

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    One of the most common reasons an infrared heater is used is to remove the cold spots in the heating system.
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    Infrared heaters are very handy if one needs individual comfort. If the existing heating system can’t satisfy you and you are more sensitive to cold, an infrared heater will help you keep yourself warm.
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    Infrared heaters provide comfort at work while keeping your bill as low as possible. This is the reason why people prefer an infrared heater while they work as it doesn’t add much to the bill and keeps you warm and cozy.

Dr. Infrared Heater 988:

The Dr. Infrared Heater 988 is equipped with a heating element that can produce more heat in a faster way as compared to other space heaters. It has a portable design that makes it more versatile and also perfect for industrial jobs. If you want to heat a semi-outdoor environment such as a garage or basement, this is perfect as it is portable and has a specially designed heating element. The device works perfectly when it has to heat up a garage as it heats up very quickly.

Some of the users have stated that they purchased two similar devices and put them in each corner of the garage or basement so that the heating is maximized. The good thing is that the device has minimum effect on the user’s energy bill and thus is energy efficient too. Dr. Infrared heater can act as a perfect heating alternative for wall-mounted space heaters, baseboard heat, and pellet stoves. The device is specially designed for semi-outdoor spaces and thus it works very well in such environments. The heater has an industrial feel and utilitarian look and is equipped with all the safety features. Following are some of the important features of the device:

Features:

1. Heating of up to 600 Sq. Ft:

The heater provides consistent heat that can heat up an area of 600 sq. ft. It is rated around 19,110/14,335 BTU and is a perfect choice for workshop or garage. It can act as a spot heater for any type of workshop or garage as it uses a mechanism that allows the temperature to be raised every 10 hour. The maximum temperature that it can reach is around 95 degrees which can be achieved at a power output of 5600 W or at a higher setting. Also, the heater can go as low as 45 degrees.

To install it, you’ll need a 240 V system and the installation should be done by a professional. The better option is to use a plug instead of hardwiring the unit. It can also be used for warehouses, sheds, garages, and construction sites.

2. Auto Energy Saving Feature:

The device is equipped with a built-in thermostat that allows you to set the temperature from high to low. You can easily set your preferred temperature and the heater will automatically maintain the temperature according to the settings you have made. The thermostat keeps the temperature at a regulated and safe level. With this heater in your workspace, you don’t have to worry about being burned or scorched as it always keeps you safe even if you’re working near the device. However, you must make sure that you aren’t standing directly in front of the heater and are maintaining a good distance from it. The electronic thermostat is designed for 45 to 95 degree over-heat protection.

Apart from the thermostat as a safety feature, the device is also fitted with a durable and sturdy finger-proof steel intake grill. There is a grill at the output vent too that prevents the user from coming in contact with the heating elements. There is an automatic heat protection feature too that trips the device in situations when it falls down or when the intake vent is clogged.

3. Designed for workspaces:

The Dr. Infrared heater has a portable design and is perfect for outdoor spaces. It has a carry handle which allows the user to carry it around easily in the workspace. Apart from that, it is very lightweight and can be easily shifted from one place to another. The device is specially designed for workspaces so that the closed working spaces are kept warm while you work in the harsh winters

Specifications:

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    BTU heater rating 14,335
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    Runs on 5600 Watts – 240 Volts
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    Noise level of 45 dB
  • There is automatic thermostat with two heat settings and control dial
  • It has steel casing
  • Fan-driven heater
  • It is safe for outdoor and semi-outdoor use
  • Fan-driven heater
  • It weighs 20.5 pounds
  • It has a black grille finish and a red exterior finish
  • It has one fan speed
  • There is a handle included
  • It weighs 20.5 pounds
  • It has a maximum temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit
  • There is automatic shutoff protection

Pros

Cons

  • It operates very quietly as compared to other industrial heaters on the market.
  • It comes with a thermostat control that keeps the temperature regulated.
  • It produces a lot of heat while not impacting your energy bill.
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    The device meets C-UL and UL safety certifications.
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    It is very versatile. It has a temperature range of 45 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    It is equipped with discharge grilles and finger proof steel intake of industrial strength.
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    It doesn’t require assembly, additional installation, or any additional parts.
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    It heats uniformly and up to a great distance, which allows it to heat up garages and other workspaces efficiently.
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    It has a high quality fan and can heat up surfaces.
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    The auto cut off heat protection is very useful.
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    It has a specially designed heating element.
  • Heat is only blown in one direction as the device doesn’t oscillate.
  • It is necessary to unplug the device to reduce the risk of any kind of accident.
  • There is no remote control and thus the use has to operate everything manually.
  • Cannot be mounted on the ceiling.
  • It is not perfect for household use.

Verdict:

The Dr. Infrared Heater DR 988 is a reliable and efficient space heater and is great for all types of heating uses. It is perfect to be used for garages, basements, and workshops because of the consistent heating feature. It has a simple design and is equipped with straight forward controls. The device helps in getting rid of all the cold spots, drafts, and frozen water from the workspace and makes it easier to work during winters.

The heater is equipped with lots of safety features and keeps the temperature at a regulated level throughout the time it is switched on. By using this heater, you’ll be able to keep your work space comfortable without having any discomfort due to the heating elements. It is overall a sturdy machine that works perfectly for anyone who needs a heavy duty heater in their workspace.

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