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    Portable Heating Comparison Chart

    What Kind Of Portable Heater Do I Need?

    Portable heatersare ideal for rooms that are cold due to inadequate heating, or areas where central heat may not be installed, like shopsand garages. Portable heaters can also increase you home's energy efficiency by allowing you to maintain a lower overall heat setting. There are a wide range of electric heatersand gas-powered heatersto choose from, each with their own particular benefits. This portable heating comparison chart will explain the types of portable heaters available for your individual needs:

    Heater Type How It Works Type of Heat Recommended Use
    Fan-Forced Internal fan blows air across heated metal coils Immediate and consistent warmth Work areas, barn spaces, repair projects & small to medium area heating
    Fan-Forced Ceramic Internal fan blows air over a heated ceramic element Safe, energy-efficient way to provide immediate and consistent warmth Work areas, barn spaces, repair projects & small to medium area heating
    Radiant Electric coils work like the sun to reflect heat onto nearby objects Quiet, targeted heat provides immediate warmth Work benches, garages and barn spaces (especially areas with air leaks and drafts)
    Quartz Quartz bulbs work like the sun to reflect heat onto nearby objects Quiet, extreme heat provides immediate warmth Work benches, garages and barn spaces (especially areas with air leaks and drafts)
    Oil-Filled Radiator fins utilize natural air currents to gradually warm enclosed spaces Slow, steady, efficient and ultra-quiet heat Areas with closed doors and windows like workshops, tool sheds, small barns and bedrooms
    Convection Heated panel utilizes natural air currents to gradually warm enclosed spaces Slow, steady, efficient and ultra-quiet heat Areas with closed doors and windows like workshops, tool sheds, small barns and bedrooms

    How Many BTUs Do I Need?

    In a home with average insulation and 8 ft. ceilings, the following chart will give you some general guidelines:

    Up to 200 sq. ft. Up to 400 sq. ft. Up to 600 sq. ft. Up to 800 sq. ft. Up to 1000 sq. ft.
    6,000 BTUs 12,000 BTUs 18,000 BTUs 24,000 BTUs 30,000 BTUs

    BTU - British Thermal Unit is a unit of energy equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 lb. of water by 1 degree F.