If you do not want your production levels to take a huge hit when the cold weather sets in, then you need to make sure you find the right heater for your workshop.
From determining what size heater, you need to choosing which heater type is best for your space to your preferred fuel, keep reading to discover how to choose the perfect workshop heater for your business.
Before you start looking at specific models, you first need to work out what size of the heater you need to heat your workshop effectively. The warming ability of a heater is measured in British Thermal Units, also known as BTUs, with the higher the BTUs of a unit, the greater its ability to warm your workshop.
When choosing the right heater BTU size for your workshop, you also need to be aware of the workplace temperature laws Australia has to ensure that the heater you pick delivers the amount of heat that is legally required in your workshop.
Choose your heating type.
There are many different heating types that you can choose from, including:
- Forced air. This offers fast heating that is ideal for large areas.
- Infrared/radiant. Great for indoor use and for quieter operations.
- Mounted/overhead. These are simple to use and do not take up much space.
- Convection. Low fuel consumption. Perfect for workers on job sites.
Pick a fuel type.
Again, you have a lot of options when it comes to fuel types for your workshop heater. These include:
- Liquid propane. This fuel is safe for indoor use, portable, and burns clean.
- Natural gas. A cheaper option that is safe to use inside attaches to your existing gas lines and burns clean.
- Kerosene. A safe and stable fuel, this is the perfect choice for large areas as it has a very high BTU density.
- Electric. Lightweight, small, and portable, no fuel is required with an electric heater. Perfect for indoor use and available in many different sizes.
- Diesel. Produces a lot of heat. Ideal for construction and other commercial users. Diesel is also portable.
- Wheels. If you need a large heater, you may want to look for one with mounted wheels so that it is easier to move around.
- Floor space. If you have a small workshop, you should consider a small or wall-mounted heater.
- Insulation. Most heaters are hot to touch, which can cause workplace accidents. Avoid this by looking for a workshop heater that features built-in insulation.
- Ducting. You can find heaters that have ducting available, which sends warm air inside while keeping the heater outside. If you are concerned about exhaust fumes in your workshop, ducting helps keep the combustion at a safe distance without leaving you cold.
- Overheating protection. Always pick a heater with built-in protection, which stops it from getting to hold and burning out.
- Tip protection. If you are worried about your workplace heater being knocked over and becoming a hazard, make sure that you choose one that comes with a safety trigger that shuts it down if it is knocked over.