Portable Heaters, What’s Right For You?

The weather is getting colder. You have a heating system, but you still require additional heat in certain parts of your office building, warehouse, hotel, restaurant, etc. You’ve decided to complete the job with a portable heating solution. The question is which type do you choose: portable propane, electrical, or kerosene heater?

Portable Gas Heaters: Pros & Cons

A propane heater uses propane fuel which produces low emissions when burned, making it much cleaner than kerosene. Propane heaters are better for the environment. Propane gas is heavier than air and compressed into holding tanks, which can be purchased and filled at many gas stations, grocery stores, and hardware stores. However, propane can also be toxic when inhaled. It is also highly combustible, so you need to be careful there is no leak.

Kerosene came about in the 19th century. Just like propane, it is highly combustive. It was used primarily to fuel lamps, and today it is used in things ranging from kerosene heaters to jet fuel. Kerosene is liquid in nature and doesn’t pose the same risks of leakage as propane. However, it creates more emissions and is a greater pollutant to the environment. The biggest benefit of kerosene is that it burns strongly, and produces significant heat.

Heat is measured in BTUs or British thermal units. This measurement is an international standard that makes comparing the heat output of various forms of fuel easy. Kerosene provides 135,000 BTU in a gallon of fuel, making it a more potent fuel source. Propane only produces 91,800 BTU per gallon.

Portable Electrical Heaters: Pros & Cons

If a fuel heater does not suit your needs, you may want to try a portable electric heater. Portable electric heaters have many benefits over heaters requiring fuel.

The first benefit is flexibility. You can use Electric heaters for nearly any room or situation. They are very useful for supplementing your primary heating system. Suppose you just expanded your warehouse. Instead of upgrading your heating system, you could use a portable heater to heat the new area.

Electric heaters are also safer than portable gas heaters. For one thing, there are no fumes to worry about or bottles to change. Second, electrical heaters are not at risk of a gas leak.

A third benefit is there is no installation required. A good chunk of the cost of a heating system goes into the installation. With a portable heater, you are saving this cost. 

If you require a heater in a conference room which gets used sparingly or in an outdoor event during the winter time – then a portable electrical heater is ideal for your needs. For a warehouse or other industrial area, go with a propane or a kerosene heater.

Choose either a portable propane heater or portable electrical heater if you are looking to heat cleanly and efficiently. Propane is relatively inexpensive, clean-burning and easily found across the country. Electrical is also reasonable and readily available.

Kerosene is less expensive than propane because of its high energy output. However, it can be messy to deal with, and you may have more trouble finding it. Some companies use both: propane for year-round use and kerosene as a backup to their heating system.

The options are endless; the choice is yours. You can get personal service and the products you need at Global Industrial!