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How Do You Heat a Large Warehouse?

First, you need to determine your heating needs. Do you want to heat your whole warehouse, or just a specific section or area? A heater’s capacity, or BTU’s, vary from 5,000 to heat small spaces to several hundred thousand to heat large warehouses. You’ll need to know the length, width, and height of your warehouse so you can calculate the size and type of heater required. The number of BTU's needed to heat a space varies by region, however a good rule of thumb is 40 BTU's per square foot.

Gas unit heaters, electric unit heaters, and radiant electric heaters from Industrial Fans Direct are the best options for warehouse heating because of their ability to evenly-distribute warm air in a large space. Also, the installation of an HVLS fan can help your heaters work more efficiently and effectively to heat your warehouse space.

Gas unit heaters are ideal for heating large spaces like warehouses. They use natural gas to heat the air, and an electric fan to circulate this heat throughout the warehouse. Here is a link to our gas fired units –

Electric radiant heaters are also ideal for big spaces. They use an electrically heated bar and reflectors to focus a direct beam into the area you are trying to heat.  They can be used in big spaces to spot heat only where you need it, and can help to reduce overall heating costs.  Below is a link to our electric radiant heaters –

Electric unit heaters are excellent for smaller spaces.  They cost more to run than gas, but installation is easier as there are no gas lines or venting to install.

HVLS or high velocity low speed ceiling fans, are an option to consider when deciding to heat your warehouse.  These large ceiling fans excel at the destratification of your warehouse air, and keep the internal temperature even throughout your warehouse.  HVLS fans help your warehouse heaters work more effectively by keeping the air well mixed and flowing throughout your facility.  They come in sizes from 8’ all the way up to 24’ diameters.  You can view our HVLS fan options here –

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