FanmasterApril 3, 2020

Choosing an Efficient Portable Heater for the Workplace

As temperatures drop, we are all on the lookout for ways to warm up. One of the best ways to do this is with an efficient portable heater that can be moved around as needed.

Employers are obliged to provide a comfortable working environment for employees. Doing so also helps promote better productivity – which makes buying heaters a good business decision!

As you might expect however, domestic portable heaters are not suitable for most workplaces – especially warehouses and workshops. For these types of spaces, you are going to require an industrial heating unit.

Here are two options for efficient portable heaters for industrial use, and how to choose the right one for your space.

Fan-forced space heaters

Industrial fan heaters supply a continuous warm flow of air and are a source of instant heat. They can also be useful for drying.

These heaters can be either powered by electricity or be fuel-based. The choice of power source depends on the environment in question.

For example, electric portable fan heaters best suit enclosed environments. They also work most efficiently where output in kW matches the size of the space and when the room is well-insulated.

Fuel-based units (e.g. diesel or gas) on the other hand require ventilation – which can be supplied either through an open roller door or window or installing a ventilation or extraction unit.

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Radiant heaters

Radiant heating generates infrared radiation which can be great for spot heating as it warms people and objects in its path. These types of heaters offer quiet operation and be used to generate a gentle and comforting supply of warmth for workers.

There are several options available in terms of power sources. This includes units that are powered by electricity, LPG or diesel.

How to choose the most efficient portable heater

There are several things to consider, including:

  • Type of space – e.g. whether you are heating an enclosed room free of draughts or a garage-type space with open roller doors.
  • Size of space – your portable heater’s output in kW should match the space it is to be used in in terms of square metres.
  • Type of heat generation – such as whether you would prefer a continuous breeze of warm air or a radiant ‘sunlight’ type of heat.
  • Your budget – for example, for initial purchase, running costs and maintenance.

Clearly there is no one solution for all environments as it depends on your particular circumstances. Don’t hesitate to call us to discuss the best efficient portable heaters for your warehouse, garage or workshop.