Hiring the Right Type of Heater for Your Workspace

news 27 Oct 2020

A workplace that is too hot or too cold can seriously impact an employee's morale and wellbeing. As temperatures drop, it's a good idea to consider how to effectively and economically heat your workplace.

Radiant direct heater, El-Bjorn fan heater and portable radiator from Sunbelt Rentals Climate Control

Purchasing or hiring more heating equipment is an excellent way to ensure a comfortable winter for your team and with energy efficient options available, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Planning your heating requirements can save you time and money, so we’ve put together a guide to help you find the most suitable option.

Which heater is right for me?

With so many types of heaters available, it can be difficult to decide which is best for you. Start with the below questions to help you find the right one for your environment. Ensuring you have equipment powerful enough to heat the space, whilst not being wasteful is a fine balance. Safety aspects, including ventilation, must also be carefully considered.

What is the size of space you need to heat?

You can work the volume of your space out with the following calculation: room length (m) x room width (m) x room height (m) = total volume (m3). The total volume will show which type of the heater you need, for example if you need to heat a large industrial warehouse, a space heater hire will be most efficient.

What is the space used for?

Are you heating a site office, retail premises, a hospital, factory or a warehouse? Each environment has a minimum temperature you need to achieve, as well as different voltage requirements to heat the space. As an example, construction site voltages require at 110v, whereas a commercial space will usually be 230v.

Are there other factors that will influence temperature control?

For example, heat generating equipment, ventilation (such as open doors and windows) and the insulation of the building.

Why do you need the heater?

Are you heating a workspace, or do you need the heater for a specific application, such as for drying? If drying out a building, you will need a heater which generate dry heat, such as an indirect oil-fired heater.

Are you going to run it in short or long bursts?

Some heaters can heat a space quickly and effectively, but are costly if left running for long periods of time.

Will you leave the heater unattended?

Some heaters should not be left unattended, including direct oil-fired heaters which have a live flame.

Size Guide: How many heaters are required for my workspace?

We recommend 1 kilowatt of power per 25 cubic meters. You can work out the volume of your workspace using the calculation above. So, a 3 kilowatt heater will comfortably heat up to 75 cubic meters.

Looking to hire a heater?

Check out our range of heaters available to hire from Sunbelt Rentals depots nationwide.

Looking to purchase a heater?

With a range of industrial, commercial, and domestic heaters available, head over to our dedicated online store Sunbelt Sales to purchase heaters and heating equipment.
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