Finding The Right Heater For Your Jobsite
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Now that temperatures are cooling all across the country, many construction executives may be looking for a heater to keep their workers warm in extremely cold weather. With that said many people may be unsure of what type or how big of a heater to get. The staff here at Toolbarn gathered information to give you several different options and give you a better idea about what is available.
Taking Stock of What You Need
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Before you prepare to rent or buy a portable heater, it’s important to see what kind of heater you need and how large of an area it should cover. To find this out use this simple formula to figure out how much heat you need for your jobsite. First measure the space’s dimension to determine the cubic feet. (Length x Width x Height = Cubic Feet)
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Then, subtract the outside temperature from the desired inside temp to determine the temperature increase. Lastly, take the cubic feet and multiply the temperature increase. Then, multiply that by .133. (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .133 = Required BTUs.) BTU stand for British Thermal Units which are the units used to measure how much heat is needed to warm a jobsite.
You can also use the BTU Calculator if you need too. Once you figure out how many BTUs you need, then you can choose what type of heater you need.
What Kind of Heater Do You Need
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There are several different options when it comes to choosing a heater for your jobsite. Some options include using a diesel-powered heater, electric heater, kerosene-powered and a propane heater. When choosing what kind of heater you want to use, be sure to keep in mind ventilation, power outlets and how big of a space you need to heat. Here are some highlighted differences.
Diesel-Powered Heaters: If you are at a large jobsite and have a large space that needs to be heated, you may want to use a heater powered by a diesel engine. Diesel heaters are very powerful and heat large spaces in a short period of time. Direct models should be used with large amounts of ventilation since moisture is created. Indirect can be used in restricted spaces.
Electric Heaters: There is a variety of different electric heaters out on the market. They aren’t as powerful as diesel heaters, but their better suited for small spaces like offices or smaller home sites. Some electric heaters include ceramic, fan and convection heaters. Purchase costs will vary regarding size and power. Also, make sure you have an electric outlet or other source to power your heater.
Propane Heaters: Propane heaters are best suited for industrial areas and provide a high volume of air. Forced air propane heaters circulate air in the area you are trying to heat. It’s great for indoors, but not good for outdoors. Radiant heaters are infrared heaters that are used outside. These heaters radiate electromagnetic waves, just like the sun. Anything in its path is warmed easily and airports use them when passengers disembark from airplanes.
Kerosene Heaters: Kerosene heaters do just as well as propane heaters, but it has some disadvantages. They use a wick and flame to generate heat while burning fuel. In the past, kerosene heaters were known to diminish air quality, but kerosene burns much cleaner now than it did then. It’s also known to be cheaper than other alternatives.
Rent or Buy?
Whether you want to rent or buy comes down to preference and cost effectiveness. If you’re working in a cold weather climate where it’s cold between four and six months a year, it might be cheaper to purchase a heater outright. If you don’t have as much cold weather, renting may be the cheaper option.
There will be maintenance needed on your heater at some point. If you own it, you have to get it fixed before the temperature drops. You’ll also have to pay for fuel and other related costs. If you decide to rent, then the company who owns it has to worry about maintenance costs.
What the right choice? Ultimately, it depends on your situation. But, before you make a decision…think about the different factors and make your choice accordingly. Good luck and stay warm!
You can find a list of electric heaters for sale here.
You can find a list of gas-powered heaters for sale here.
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