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Keeping people, places, and equipment properly heated in cold temperatures isn’t as simple as placing a heater and turning it on. There are a lot of variables that go into choosing the right heater for every application. Read on to learn more about choosing the right heater for your needs.

Different Types Of Heaters

Radiant heaters work by warming people and objects, rather than the surrounding air. Choose the radiant heater that works best for you.

Infrared heaters offer instant and directed heat exactly where you need it. The heat provided by the heating element is more like enjoying the summer sun.

Convection heaters warm air and rely on the convection action of rising hot air and falling cold air to keep areas warm.

Forced air heaters utilize fans to draw cold air across a heating element and then distribute the warm air into the room.

Selecting The Right Size Heater


How To Choose The Best Heater For Your Facility

Winter is fast approaching, which means it’s time for warehouse and big-box retail facility owners and operators to shift their focus to keeping their spaces warm and comfortable as temperatures drop.

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Area To Be Heated
(Sq. Ft)

Heaters are available in a variety of styles, functions, and type of heat sources.

The first step in choosing the right heater is to determine the area to be heated. Important questions to ask include “How is your building insulated?” and “What climate zone are you in?”. Using the FHA standard insulation and mid-North American zone average of 8.2 watts/ ft2 here are the basics to guide you. Remember that a poorly-insulated building will require more watts/BTU's.

Measure the size of the area to be heated and multiply length x width x 8.2. Find your total watts required for the room. Figures are based on standard 7' ceiling height, 15% total window and door openings on outside walls and 3/4 total air changes per house.

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Energy Saving Tips



Set your thermostat to 68°F. Setting it higher can increase energy costs 2-5%. Lower it at night.

Keep It Clean

Keep It Clean

Clean and replace furnace filters, air filters, and heating vents to increase efficiency and reduce costs.



Check windows and doors for proper insulation and install storm windows to heat in and cold air out.



Heaters can dry out the air. Using humidifiers help areas feel more comfortable.

Hot Water Use

Hot Water Use

Set your hot water below 120°F in the winter and make an effort to reduce hot water use.

Reverse It

Reverse It

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan during the winter months to keep the warm air circulating downward.

Featured Heaters

Unique spaces require unique heaters. Whether you’re heating a small space or a large industrial facility, we offer a variety of heaters that are designed to keep you, your employees, guests, and equipment properly heated this winter.

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Electric Heaters

Blanket Heaters

Ceiling-mounted Heaters

Infrared Space Heaters

Portable Heaters

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Gas & Oil Heaters

Infrared Space Heaters

Portable Forced Air Heaters

Portable Infrared Heaters

Unit Heaters

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Patio Heaters

Free-standing Patio Heaters

Infrared Patio Heaters

Propane Gas Patio Heaters

Wall or Ceiling Patio Heaters

Steam & Hydronic Heaters

Baseboard Heaters

Hydronic Unit Heaters

Steam & Hot Water Heaters

Wall Hydronic Heaters


HVAC Accessories

Global Industrial stocks a wide assortment of HVAC accessories that keep the temperature steady and systems running at peak efficiency.

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