Space Heaters - How to Choose the Best For You - a Toolstop Guide

It's a Health and Safety Executive guideline that your workplace must be heated to at least 16º C.

That means, for some of you, you're going to need to start thinking about space heaters.


We've prepared this Toolstop Space Heater Buying Guide to help you through the process of making sure the space heater you purchase will do the job you want it to at a price that's right for your budget. All of the space heaters in this guide are from the Sealey brand.

Fuel

Perhaps one of the most important buying considerations to make when purchasing a space heater is the fuel required to run the thing.

This directly informs how much it's going to cost, which will, in turn, be informed by your budget.


For this guide, here are your options:

  • Propane
  • Paraffin
  • Diesel
  • Kerosene

It's worth noting that some of the space heaters in this Buying Guide can run from more than one fuel source. See below for details.

Energy


Space heaters use the fuel and turn it into energy. The energy, in turn, heats the air of your workspace. This is measured in Btu/hr, or British thermal unit per hour.

For our Buying Guide the higher the Btu/hr the larger the space you'll be able to heat via the space heater.

Heated Area

Logically, in line with the Bth/hr, you should also be interested in the total area (space) that the space heater can heat. This will be presented in our guide as square metres (mtr³). As you'd expect, the larger this number the bigger the space that will be heated.

Airflow


The speed with which your workspace is heated is also an important factor to consider. The more warm air the space heater can output the better.

This airflow is measured in cfm (cubic feet per minute), and once again the higher the number the better in terms of the speed with which your space heater will have an effect on your workspace.

Airflow is not applicable in the case of an infrared heater. This type of heater burns fuel which heats a steel emitter tube. As the tube heats, energy is radiated from it, warming the area around the heater.

Special Features

Along with being able to run from more than one fuel source, you should also pay attention to any special features offered by your space heater such as fan assistance, electric ignition systems or height adjustments.

What Sealey Space Heater Is Right For Me?

To help you answer this question, keep in mind the above points and refer to our table below.

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LP40
LP50
LP100
LP150
AB1008
AB1758
IR20
Fuel
Propane
Propane Propane
Propane
Paraffin or diesel
Paraffin, kerosene or diesel
Paraffin, kerosene or diesel
Heating Output (Btu/hr)
42,000
Btu/hr
33,000
to 55,000Btu/hr
68,000
to
97,000Btu/hr
110,000
to
150,000Btu/hr
100,000 Btu/hr
175,000
Btu/hr
70,000
Btu/hr
Heated Area (mtr³)
225mtr³
281mtr³
561mtr³
854mtr³
708mtr³
974mtr³
396mtr³
Airflow
300cfm
300cfm
400cfm
400cfm
630cfm
630cfm
N/A
Special Features - Fan assistance, electronic ignition, safety solenoid, height adjustable front foot.
- Great fuel efficiency.
-Manufactured to BS EN 416.
- Fan assistance, electronic ignition, safety solenoid, height adjustable front foot.
- Great fuel efficiency.
- Manufactured to BS EN 416.
- Fan assistance, electronic ignition, safety solenoid, height adjustable front foot.
- Great fuel efficiency.
- Manufactured to BS EN 416.
- Fan assistance, electronic ignition, safety solenoid, height adjustable front foot.
- Great fuel efficiency.
- Manufactured to BS EN 416.
-Adjustable thermostat.
- Neumatic wheels.
- Ultra-quiet model for use where a low noise environment is required.
- Flame-out device (per AB1758)
- Fitted with digital room temperature °C display.
- The ability to cleanly burn a variety of fuels.
- The compressor unit is protected by an extra large filter.
- The AB Series heaters are fitted with a flame-out device which cuts the fuel supply when the flame is inadvertently extinguished.
- 15ltr tank allows approx. 7hrs running time, making this unit extremely economical.


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