How to Save Money with a Portable Heater

Heating bills can mount up in the winter months and burn an expensive hole in your budget. To cut down your energy costs, you might want to consider using commercial portable heaters instead of central heating for your office, factory, warehouse, garage, or other industrial facilities. The multiple benefits of these portable heaters are that they come in different sizes and wattages, are easy to carry around, and you can place them in any area that requires heating and in any position you prefer.

Saving money with a portable heater

Here are some ways in which these commercial portable heaters can help you to save money:

Make the area heat efficient

Before using commercial portable heaters in your establishment, you will first need to check that the rooms you want to place them in are well-insulated and heat efficient. You will have to keep the windows closed and make sure that there are no cracks or gaps around them through which the heat might escape out, and the cold air might get in. If necessary, you may need to replace the windows or, at least, seal the areas around them with caulk and weather strips. You can further cover them with thick curtains. For doors, place draft guards under them to keep the heat in and the cold air out.

Evaluate your heating requirements

The size of the area you want to heat will determine your heating requirement. Commercial portable heaters come rated for square-footage, and you want to find one that comes approximately close to what you need. If the portable heater is too small for the room, you won’t get sufficient heat, or it will have to work twice as hard to provide the heat. And that will lead to energy wastage and a higher electricity bill.

On the other hand, if you get a heater with more heating power than you need, it will be like being in a sauna, and that will make the place very uncomfortable for long hours of work. Generally, to heat a square foot, you require around 10 watts, and you can use that measure to calculate which heater will suit you. For instance, if you want to heat a 100 square feet room, you will need a heater of 1000 watts.

Use the energy-efficient features

Many commercial portable heaters come with special features for energy efficiency like a programmable thermostat, a programmable timer, multiple heat settings, and adjustable fan modes for maintaining temperatures. You can set the thermostat to the desired temperature or choose one of the multiple heat settings, and select the right fan mode to power to low or high speed or switch off to suit what is needed. You can also set the programmable timer to work anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Heat specific areas

You can put the commercial portable heaters in the areas where people spend the most time. By heating only the specific rooms that are in use, you will be able to cut down your energy bill and thus save money. Of course, the unheated areas will be cold, but if they are not getting a lot of traffic, it won’t matter that much.

Optimize the heater

Use the programmable timer to set the heater on a pre-determined schedule to get the most out of it. For instance, you might program it to turn on an hour before people arrive in that area so that they can come into a warm, comfortable environment and enjoy a higher level of productivity. And you can set it to switch off around the time they finish work and leave. By keeping the heater off when it is not needed, you can save on energy costs.

Check the heater’s wattage

The heater’s wattage is an indication of how fast it will be able to heat a room. So, commercial portable heaters with higher wattages will provide heat quicker than those with lower wattages. However, that will also translate to a higher electricity bill. If the facility you want to heat is small, it might be a better idea to get a portable heater with low wattage. It will provide adequate heat and not cost as much.

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