Dr. Infrared Heater DR-998 Ratings
Design - 75%
Features - 100%
Capacity - 85%
Energy Efficiency - 74%
Safety - 82%
Infrared heaters can be a swell solution for those who need to warm up large spaces, or who just need to cut back on their heating and energy bills. Built to consume less yet produce more, these devices are advantageous in almost any situation, not to mention that they present other benefits as well, such as a cleaner production of heat, without leaving unpleasant odors in the air. Such is the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-998 Elite, a four-in-one device that not only heats up a room but that features a built-in humidifier, an air purifier, and an oscillating fan as well.
Thus, if you were thinking of enhancing your home and creating better living conditions for your family, investing in a product like this may really pan out, and offer benefits even beyond your expectations. But before any decisions are made, you need to know more about the product and what it can do, so stick with us and read the following lines.
While in general, you shouldn’t have high expectations in the aesthetics of such a unit, types like this one at least have the advantage of looking like a retro radio apparatus. This amazing radiator features a cherry wood grain finish on the carcass that makes it look homier and helps it fit in with other objects and furniture around the house. Its reddish color warms you just by looking at it, and the quartz tube even makes it resemble a fireplace a bit. On the front of the radiator, you will find the control panel that does not suit the overall design very well, but that is discreet and practical nonetheless. It features a digital display and push buttons that allow you to control all the functions of the unit. On top of the device, you find the humidifier nozzle where the cool mist is evaporated in the air. Four sturdy wheels make this a portable radiator and allow for easy transportation from place to place.
This is the type of unit that uses quartz tubes to produce and store heat efficiently. The heating method is radiant, as opposed to reflective where you have to place it in front of a surface and have the heat reflect back in the room. Thus, this radiator can be placed anywhere in the room, in a corner, or next to a wall. This cherry wood cast model weighs about 25 pounds and it measures as follows: 15 inches in length, 13 inches in width and 16 inches in height. Thus, its size is reasonable for something that offers so many benefits.
It functions at 1500 watts and can heat spaces of up to 1000 square feet, which means that it is suitable for very large space as well. It has two heating settings, meaning that you can adjust the temperature according to your needs, and its adjustable louvers allow you to direct the heat in any direction you like. The digital thermostat allows you to set and see the exact temperature that is in a room, and its automatic shut-off ensures the prevention of over-consumption and over-heating, so you can also leave it unsupervised in a room, while its automatic functions set and maintain a constant temperature. Another interesting feature of this unit is the timer that allows you to delay heat production for up to 12 hours. This means that you can set it to start heating a few hours before you get home, so you find the place warm and welcoming on harsh winter days.
Now let’s turn to the other special functions of this device. First off, there’s the oscillating fan that can be turned on separately from the unit, and that you can use on hotter days to cool the air in a room. Next, there’s the air purifier, fitted with a filter, that is ideal for cleaning the air in a room. This is also great for cold days when you don’t want to freshen up the house by opening the windows.
Finally, the built-in humidifier functions on water bottles rather than water tanks. Basically, you take a smaller bottle of filtered water and place it inside it, in a special compartment. You push the humidifier button, and it starts spewing cool mist in the air. This can be done with and without the heater, but you must know that they can work perfectly together, in the sense that humid air is more likely to get warm fast, and you avoid chapped lips and dry nose that are sometimes caused by extra heating.
There is nothing to worry about with this radiator. Besides its automatic shut-off function that prevents too much consumption of resources and any burning incidents related to over-heating, it is also fitted with a tip-over switch that prevents it from falling over when placed somewhere in use. The device is also safe around children or pets because no heating elements are directly exposed to the touch. The efficient insulation makes it safe to touch when in use.
Because it is built to heat up such large areas and it comes with other functions as well, it is difficult to say whether it will truly help save on your energy bills or not. It all depends on how much you use it, on whether you use it to complement another heating resource or on its own, and on how much you utilize the other functions. But it is efficient in the sense that it heats up spaces quickly.
While it doesn’t come with a remote control, the control panel on this radiator is more than equipped for customized settings that allow you to turn it on and off, to set the timer, to adjust the temperature, to turn on the oscillating fan and the humidifier, and to see the temperature in a room. A slight disadvantage is that it can be more difficult to transport while the humidifier part is attached, but you can easily take it down and move it. Moreover, the water capacity for the humidifier is not very large, so you would need to replace it every day if kept in use regularly. This model is quite affordable for all that it offers. Add to that its 3-year limited manufacturer warranty, and you know you’ve got a good and reliable product on your hands.