Tips For Selecting The Right Portable Construction Heater

Do you have a worksite that needs some heat while work is done this winter? If so, may want to consider purchasing a portable construction heater. Here is some information about the different types of heaters so that you can chose the one that works best. 

Radiant Infrared Heaters

The unique thing about a radiant infrared heater is that it heats objects rather than the air. This makes it a great heater for being used outdoors, since it heats the objects that are directly in front of the heater. If you have workers that are going to be doing a task outdoors for a prolonged period of time, this is definitely the type of heater that you want. 

An radiant infrared heater doesn't work best for heating an enclosed space with open air, but it has its own unique use cases. For example, you can use this type of heater to heat a bench where people will be sitting during a break. The bench then stays warm and radiates heat off the object as well, making the bench the source of heat for the room. Be aware that it can take some time to heat an indoor space though, which may not make it ideal for some work situations. However, you do not lose the heat when a door opens and air travels out of the space.

Forced Air Convection Heater

A forced air convection heater is going to use a lot of BTUs to heat the space, but uses a fan to force the heat into the space and heat the air. This works great for an enclosed space where you want to heat it very quickly, but can also be used outdoors for when you want to point it at people that are working and they need direct heat. 

The problem with this type of heater is that you can lose that generated heat in an indoor space if a door opens and the air escapes. If you have workers in an area where large garage doors will be opening and closing, you may actually want to use that radiant infrared heater instead. If the space is enclosed and people are working in the area all day long, then forced air convection is the way to go.

Now that you know the differences between these two types of heaters, you can pick the best one that works for your unique work situation.