Hello, I’m Marla, founder of https://outdoorpatiomisters.com. Welcome to my review of the best-rated infrared heater called Dr. Infrared DR-238. Even though I have moved from MN to AZ, I think I will still be using an outdoor heater in my patio space this Fall, Winter, and Early Spring.
Arizona is usually quite warm during the day, but it gets cold in the desert at night. That is when I will be using an outdoor heater. The purpose of this review is to guide you to or away from a good or bad purchase.
I have done my research, and I think you will consider my review honest and trustworthy. Let’s face it, the expense of these things cautions us to do our research, so we get our money’s worth. I won’t steer you in the wrong direction.
This 8-pound outdoor heater is electric ( 120V) and easy to operate. This heater is infrared, so it heats up what is right in front of it. Infrared heating is similar to your body emitting heat.
Your body doesn’t heat everything, just what is directly near you. For instance, the seat of your chair warms up by your body touching the various parts of the chair, but your body doesn’t heat any other part of the chair.
According to Wikipedia, Infrared technology does not heat the room’s air directly. It heats the objects in its path, such as a person but doesn’t heat the air in between.
This product has definite disadvantages: you can’t heat a room by having it on without you in there; still, it is crucial to maximizing available surfaces’ exposure, which will re-emit the warmth to provide ambient warmth all around the area.
Infrared heat circulates and permeates the room you are in and eventually heats the whole space. This product has definite disadvantages: you can’t heat a room by having it run without you in there.
You can purchase this heater with an optional tripod to attach it to for moving it around and heating just the right spot on your outdoor patio. The tripod price adds a small amount to the total.
The tripod stand has three legs supported by weighted bags attached to the legs for added tip-over protection. Using the outdoor heater by itself, Mount it on the wall or ceiling in the area where you will enjoy the warmth.
This model also has manual features to adjust the heat on the front of the unit and an easy-to-use convenient remote, so you don’t have to get off the couch to change it.
Some features include the fact that this heater works on a timer that you set to turn off automatically, so there is no more having to remember if you turned the heater off.
The product includes weatherproof aluminum, but it is best to keep away from exposure to rain or other moisture is possible.
Included in the box, you will find a wall and ceiling bracket along with the user manual. This heater is particularly quiet, not causing competition with normal conversation or tv watching.
It comes with three heating levels: L1-900 watts, L2-1200 watts, and L3-1500 watts. The levels are displayed in LEDs prominently on the heater’s front.
Dr. Heater-238 is usable indoors and outdoors as the heater is carbon infrared, which heats instantly and is odorless. Another excellent feature is its overheat protection, which will power off instead of overheating.
Can this heater be mounted either vertically or horizontally? Yes, Either direction is fine.
Can it be chain mounted from the ceiling, for instance, in the garage? Because it has a remote, hanging it from the ceiling is a viable and great option.
Can the heater be plugged into the same outlet as other electrical items running? The maximum amp draws on a circuit breaker is 15 amps? If the combination of things plugged in exceeds 15 amps, it will be unsafe, and the circuit breaker will trip. This heater operates on 15 amps at the highest setting – L3 1500w.
Is it safe for vinyl mounting? Because the heater requires airflow and vinyl has a low melting temperature, it would not be an excellent idea to vinyl mount it.
The heater has both Pros and Cons to include:
Some alternatives to Dr. Heater-238 include:
Now that all of the features, pros, and cons, alternatives, and questions are addressed about relying on Dr. Heater-238 are more apparent, it is an excellent option for many reasons.
The first is that it runs cleanly and is odorless. Next, it is efficient at warming people up. For example, Dr. Heater -238 works incredibly well when the people using it are seated or standing near it instead of walking in and out of the room.
Warming up the air in space is done more efficiently when you maximize the exposure of available surfaces for radiant heating to warm the objects.
I had a radiant/infrared heater in the garage during cold months when I lived in MN. I felt hot as long as I worked in front of the heater. If I moved about the garage, I was less warm.
In the case of using infrared heating as a heat source while watching movies on the patio, it would be my number one choice. The heater will do what it is supposed to do, keeping my guests and me warm