Well-Made, Delivers Plenty of Heat
oldcrow from Northern Michigan
Installed this unit 3 months ago, just as outside temperatures began to fall. Already had the electric service roughed in, so installation went pretty quickly. Took about 1 hour to mount the optional wall bracket (HIGHLY recommended), hang the unit, and connect the electric service. Heater came to life and was cranking out full heat after 5 minutes or so. Relatively quiet fan for a unit this size, with absolutely no vibration or buzzing from the cabinet. Well-balanced motor and blower.
With thermostat set at MAX, it brought the temp of my 19 X 20 X 10 insulated garage up from 38 degrees to 70 in about 90 minutes. Once up to temperature, I cut back the thermo and the unit cycled on for about 8-10 minutes 2 or 3 times every hour, maintaining the 70-degree setpoint.
5 Kilowatts is a hefty amount of power, so you have to balance your heating needs against electric rates. I dont plan to keep my garage at a constant 70 degrees, so energy usage shouldnt be too bad during the winter months. Its still nice to know that the heating capacity is there if you need it - Im sure this unit will bring my garage up to 80 degrees with no problem (except energy cost).
Very well-made unit, with quality parts throughout. This is no cheap-o consumer-grade heater. I expect it to last for many, many years. It does cost more than some other models, but if reliability is a priority thats a fair tradeoff. In the long run, you may end up paying much less than buying a cheaper unit (which fails after a couple years).
Cant think of any reason not to recommend this heater. If it holds up year after year, Id consider the purchase price a bargain. If you need to heat a 400-500 square foot space, this unit will do the job.