Which Commercial Heaters Are The Best?

Do you want to keep your employees and customers warm during the cold winter season?  One of the best solutions is by installing commercial heating in your building or office.  Whether you have a restaurant, warehouse, or small office, there is a wide array of heaters in the market. Heaters get their energy from electricity, gas, or diesel.

Take a closer look at four specific types of heating equipment:

  • Electric patio heater
  • Mini furnace
  • Electric heater
  • HVAC gas burner

Understanding the features of various commercial heaters will guide your decision.

Electric Patio Heater

The electric patio heater is intended for outdoor use. Therefore, most restaurants and open-air events have them installed.   It is also the ideal solution to warm specific spots in a large office or warehouse.

The wattage will give you a general idea of its heat levels as well as how large the area that it can warm.  If you need quick and continuous heat, choose an electric patio heater with 2000 watts.

One advantage of these commercial heaters is it avoids the likelihood of fires, with 41% linked to gas, smoke, or toxic fumes. The heater plugs into standard electrical outlets.  However, you may want to consider installing its circuit breaker.

Another plus is that you can choose from various styles.  Some freestanding models look like street lamps.  There are also hanging and wall-mounted patio heaters.


Another class of commercial heaters is a mini-furnace.  Used indoors, this kind of heater is the ideal choice for heating small spaces and targeted spots.  Like the electric patio heater, the mini-furnace is plugged directly to a standard electrical outlet.

Most mini-furnaces are quiet, small, and lightweight.  Most users have the heater discretely located under their desks.  Moreover, it is energy-efficient.  Most mini-furnaces use only 2.4 kilowatts.  Choose one with an adjustable thermostat that turns off automatically.

Electric Heater

Among small commercial heaters, the 15-kilowatt electric heater is more suitable for outdoor use.  Although it can be quite heavy, its wheels allow easy movement across different locations.  The best heaters provide multiple heat settings and an adjustable thermostat.  Most models have a barrel that will allow users to direct the airflow.

However, if you need an electric heater for larger areas like shopping malls, office complexes, and theatres, your best bet is the 21-kilowatt electrical heaters.  Choose heavy-duty heaters developed with electric blower heater (EBH) technology to avoid the risk of fire.

The best models have the following safety features:

  • Cooling-down feature after switching off
  • Light to alert users whenever the heater is not working properly
  • Automatic switching off in case of overload
  • Heavy-duty cables

To ensure that commercial heaters have complied with Australian Standards, look for its approval number given by NSW Fair Trading.

HVAC Gas Burners

According to an article for Commercial Real Estate, the demand for warehouses is rising in Australia.  One of the reasons behind this is the phenomenal growth of online businesses that need industrial warehouses to store their goods.

For large areas like warehouses, the Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) gas burners are a popular choice among commercial heaters since it only needs liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a relatively small power supply for a heating capacity of 200 kilowatts.  Moreover, it is quiet and safe. Operating at 68 dB(A), workers are safely within the range recommended by Safe Work Australia.

HVAC gas burners use warm air heating, a method wherein air goes through a heat exchanger.  A fan evenly distributes the warm air, an essential feature for warehouses to keep the temperature consistent.

Among the wide variety of commercial heaters, there should be one that meets the requirements of your business.  Look for manufactures who are members of the Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Author Bio: Paul Sebastian is a blogger and writer. He loves to express his ideas and thoughts through his writings.