7 Steps to Heating Equipment Selection
With winter around the corner, thoughts are turning to preparations for the upcoming winter season!
For many people, this also means looking at sourcing temporary heat for a variety of situations. Whether it be a construction site job, warehouse, hotel, health care facility, office building, film set or special event, if you need temporary heat this winter, planning ahead is critical to make sure that you have the heat you need when you need it, and getting the right equipment for the job is key, no matter where you are located.
In order to help determine the size and type of heater you need, there are some basic steps that are key:
- Get an understanding of the area where you wish to control the temperature through heating. You will need to determine the area, volume and height of the space.Take into consideration other equipment/ machinery that may have an impact on the heat load. For example, machinery or ovens will give off an additional heat load when running.
- Determine if you wish to ventilate or re-circulate the air in the area. Ventilating a space will bring fresh air into the space while re-circulating the air will re-utilize the existing air in the space. To see a further explanation on this, check out our Ventilating vs. Recirculating blog on to see how each of these methods impact an area.
- Calculate/obtain the heating or cooling load based on the information above and the type of enclosure. Buildings retain more heat, for example, than tents so this makes a difference when determining what equipment you need.
- Select equipment with the assistance of your specialist and integrate space layout/restrictions. Remember that it is always important to ensure that the setup of the equipment does not interfere with normal operation of the facility/ building and that placement should always follow safety guidelines.
- Determine the available power at the location. If additional power is required, arrange for a generator or look at using a self-contained unit. Many units also incorporate fuel tanks also for ease of use.
- If using natural gas or propane, ensure that you understand the minimum pressures required to run the equipment and ensure that you are able to meet them. For example, if PSI pressures are too low, heating equipment will not run properly.
- Above all, plan and book your heating equipment ahead! There are price advantages when booking heating equipment for a full season that can save you significant money. Besides this, there is nothing worse than being in the dead of winter with no heat when you need it!
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