Dr. Heater DR966
Design - 78%
Features - 76%
Capacity - 92%
Energy Efficiency - 76%
Safety - 75%
We like this model because it is reliable and safe enough for large, unsupervised spaces, and because it shuts itself off when the desired temperature is reached, so there is no extra consumption of energy.
Infrared heaters can be very useful in a variety of situations, and by now we know that they can be used both outdoors and indoors. Another practical reason to invest in such a product is that it can help you save on heating bills by allowing you to turn down other sources of heating. Most models are specifically designed to be economical, to be temperature-adjusted so they react according to various conditions, and so on. But these radiators have another purpose, just as important: they are ideal for spaces where there are no other heating sources, such as a basement, garage, or even a remote cabin. Today’s article is going to review such a product, namely the Dr. Heater DR966 240V that is made by one of the more popular and qualitative radiator brands on the market.
Most reviews on our website have been focused on reviewing radiators that can be used for indoor purposes, or outdoor spaces, so it was about time to introduce a third kind of radiator, one that is ideal for heating spaces you don’t visit every day. As such, you need a sturdy and reliable product that needn’t be supervised all the time, and that ensures both warmth for the room and safety against any hazards. Let’s take a closer look at it.
It is to be expected that the design of a product like this one won’t be something extraordinary, so you shouldn’t expect it to impress through that. A unit of this kind has to be practical before everything else, so it needs a good, practical industrial design, one that gives it a utilitarian advantage, and that incorporates all the functioning and safety measures needed. As such, this unit has a simple fan-like construction that can be placed on the floor or other higher surfaces. This particular model is grayish white in color, it has a simple metal structure, special brackets that allow mounting on the wall or ceiling, and a simple control panel on the front, with push and twist buttons that allow you to select the desired temperature and other settings.
As mentioned earlier, this model is a commercial grade product, meaning that it can be used for larger, often unsupervised spaces like a warehouse, a storage container, a basement, a garage, but even for public spaces like hospitals, schools, stores, workshops, and so on. Thus, this is a heavy duty 240V single phase unit that can function at 3000 or at 6000 watts. It also features a thermostat that allows you to select its power of heating. There are two options that you can choose between, namely low and high. The five adjustable louvers make it possible to direct the heat in various directions as needed or preferred.
It is fitted with an 8-inch fan that can provide a maximum of heat without producing a lot of noise. The heating is produced by spiral steel metal sheath electric heating elements that can produce both low and high temperatures, and that are thus ensured a long life. All this is powered by a heavy duty ball bearing motor that is thermally protected, so the radiator will never overheat and it will remain safe to the touch. It weighs approximately 30 pounds, which is neither heavy nor light. For a product that is not expected to be moved around all the time, weight isn’t much of a concern. As for dimensions, it reaches 14.5 inches in width and length, and 13 inches in depth. Although it is quite small, it is extremely powerful and it will heat even large, unfurnished places to a comfortable temperature.
Safety against fire, electrocution or other harm is very important in a product like this one because it is intended for use in spaces that are not populated or visited all the time. It is the kind of unit that you may want to leave on overnight, in a building in construction, in a garage where you store valuable items that can be damaged by cold, and so on. The steel metal casing, the resistant fan, the thermal protection, and the alarm feature all ensure there will be no mishaps and should give you the peace of mind needed.
While this is not an energy efficient product per se, it can help you save money and resources in certain situations. Remember that it isn’t very suitable for the indoors, but it can be a lot cheaper than other improvised or individual heating sources that you may want to bring to spaces with no permanent heating system. These are your best option for safety reasons, and for getting your money’s worth. More than that, it automatically shuts itself off when a room becomes warm enough, so it doesn’t consume unnecessarily.