Portable Heating

The Executive Hire Show

Be aware with the onset of winter

On the back of a spectacular summer follows autumn, and thoughts inevitably turn to the shorter, colder days ahead; it’s usually around this time of the year that the phones start ringing, as all those who rely on portable heating over winter begin to focus their attention on their servicing, hire or purchasing requirements. At the first signs of spring the portable heater is usually consigned to storage, and there are few who can honestly say that they ensure the unit is stored in dry, clean environment, or that they even give it another thought until the onset of winter. Few people would leave their vehicle un-serviced for months on end, and still expect it to deliver them safely and efficiently to their destination; similarly, a little TLC for your portable heater each year should enhance your chances of a trouble-free winter.

Do Your Research

If you’re looking to purchase a new heater, it’s always advisable to do a little research beforehand; what type of unit best suits your requirements, direct or indirect, and what is your preferred fuel, diesel, LPG, or is an electric heater best for you? The answers to these questions will lie in the application, and there are numerous websites that can assist you with your choice; before you start your search, however, give some thought to the size of the area you’re looking to heat – including the height – it’s the overall cubic volume you’ll be heating, and heat rises. If you’re still unsure, contact a reputable supplier and talk through your options with them; they’ll probably have been asked similar questions a thousand times before, and should be able to help towards making your decision reasonably straightforward.

Specialist Requirement Needed

Stricter Health and Safety regulation have seen an increase in specialist heating requirements; gone are the days, for example, when temporary structures and marquees could be heated with direct fi red LPG units – the solution now is invariably an indirect unit, standing safely outside the structure, with the thermostatically controlled air being delivered via a length of flexible, flame retardant, PVC ducting. Systems such as this are used to heat marquees across the UK every weekend throughout winter, and have played a significant part in making the events industry an all-year-round industry.

Service and Warranty

Finally, and before making the decision as to which heater to buy, make sure that your chosen company is able to off er a good after-sales service; if you think you’re able to service the heater yourself going forward, are they able to supply spares quickly. Do they offer an enhanced warranty, or do they have the facility to off er on-site servicing, if required. Doing a little research before making your purchase should pay dividends in the years ahead.