Finding the Right Heater to Keep Your Worksite Warm

Heating solutions to keep your crew warm all winter long.

Winter presents a myriad of issues for businesses. With rising healthcare costs, protecting workers from cold weather-related ailments is paramount. Cold can also severely impact production efficiency, machines, the long-term health of a building and more. Thankfully, portable heaters are available to keep workers warm and machinery from freezing.

Types of portable heaters:



In winter, it’s always wise to expect the unexpected. A week of mild weather could be followed by frigid temperatures dipping to the single digits. When weather gets that cold, protecting interior pipes, machinery and people from the bitter cold becomes more challenging. Portable electric heaters deliver safe, odorless heat for spaces ranging from 50 square feet up to 15,000 square feet and are ideal for emergency situations like the loss of heat in a building and to thaw frozen pipes.

Rental Tip: When renting an electric heater you will need to determine what type of electrical plug is required on your jobsite.

Indirect Fired:


Great for drying and emergency temporary heating, indirect fired heaters operate like a mobile furnace. These heaters are positioned outdoors, feature a “chimney” where unwanted fumes are expelled and use ducting attachments to push warm air indoors over large areas. Indirect fired heaters are ideal for warming offices, manufacturing facilities and schools because combustion by-products are captured and safely redirected.



Self-contained heaters are often used inside a building and designed to warm an entire space, including walls and ceilings. They are easy to start up with built in generators and have run times up to 42 hours.

Hydronic Surface:


In construction, one of the biggest challenges in winter is ensuring proper conditions for placing concrete. Pouring concrete in or on frozen ground is a recipe for disaster because once the ground thaws in the spring, the concrete will settle and likely crack. These radiant-type heaters utilize water in a closed-loop system to directly warm the ground. They feature long run times and are ideal for ground thawing and cold weather concrete pouring.



Industry and production lines don’t stop when the weather turns bad. Flameless heaters are designed and built for sustained, reliable heat in industrial operating conditions and environments. Because there are no open flames or sparks, flameless heaters and their long ducting capabilities, make them ideal for potentially volatile applications like oil and gas exploration, mining, construction and restoration.

Radiant & Specialty:


One of the big advantages of radiant heat is that it’s not affected by wind, unlike forced air heaters. Excellent for drying paint and adhesives and concrete preparation, radiant heaters are also a great way to keep workers in cold factories and outdoor or unheated construction sites warm.

Direct Fired:


If you’re in need of heating a large open space and want every nickel to count, direct fired heaters may be your solution. With nearly 100 percent of its fuel used to convert heat, direct fired heaters operate much more efficiently than their counterparts. Because direct fired heaters feature an open flame and are powered by natural gas or propane, these heaters are best used in open air locations or buildings with large open spaces like warehouses, indoor and outdoor sports arenas, car dealerships’ service bays, car washes and more.

For more heating information, check out our Rental Solutions Guide.

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