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Winter Construction - Heating Options for Builders & Remodelers

No matter where your job site is, there are times when some extra heating is required to keep worker productivity high and also to dry out construction materials. In this video Matt Risinger, master builder, gives us an overview of three ways he uses to heat things up. The first, and most common for him, is using a convection propane heater. They have a BTU range of 20,000 to 200,000. While there are forced fan gas models, Risinger claims that the noise they produce is really annoying over a period of time. Users of the propane model must realize that this is an open flame, requiring fire protection common sense. In the video, the heater is on a concrete slab, next to a concrete wall, nothing to catch on fire in close proximity. Also remember to have your fire extinguisher handy. As to safety, make sure that the propane tank that you're connected to is stored on the outside of the house. Carbon monoxide is a possibility when there is an open flame, so you want to make sure that when you're using one of these heaters, you are also monitoring it for carbon monoxide.Also, be aware that this type of heater (propane) is adding a lot of moisture to the air. If you're at the finishing stage, or hardwood floors are down, it is not a good option. At that finishing stage, a better option is the Quest EHS 31. It uses a 220 line and there's a 30 amp or 50-amp option. While it isn't as powerful as a propane heater, it has several safety advantages and it does not add moisture through use. It uses a 2" filter so that you're also not adding dust and dirt to the atmosphere. Quest has two other models that can be used with 110 power. Finally, the ultimate solution is a heat pump unit that can heat or cool and supply and return ducts. If it is a long build, this is important as you're not swapping out heaters for coolers. It also well regulates any humidity in the home during construction. Heat (and cold) happens. Keep your crew productive and your building materials ready with a job site heater.