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Five Heating Options For Your Portable Winter Cabin

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If you're considering the purchase of a portable building to use as a guest house or fishing and hunting cabin, you need to consider your heating options. This is especially important due to the cold winter weather Canada often experiences. If your portable building is relatively small,you might opt for a portable space heater for your portable building, as it is cost-effective with no installation required. Other options include baseboard heat systems, stoves and radiant floor heatingContinue reading for a closer look at five heating options for your portable building: 

1. Space Heater

A space heater will be the easiest solution and the cheapest as well. The space heater will typically run on electricity that has been wired in your portable building, therefore you simply plug it into a wall outlet and as use it as needed. The fuel burning space heaters tend to be more hazardous and less cost effective than the electric models.

If you choose a space heater for your portable cabin, you might prefer the infrared model. An electric infrared space heater can heat a mid-sized portable cabin adequately. The infrared option doesn't tend to draw moisture from the air, eliminating the need for the use of a humidifier. These typically include thermostat with adjustable temperature settings.

A ceramic space heater is another option. Coils are made with ceramic and aluminum parts, which stay cool to the touch. These are typically easy to use and many will come with timers and remote control.

2. Baseboard Heater

Many customized modular buildings, such as sheds and portable cabins, come standard with baseboard heating systems. Baseboard heating is generally considered safe and will be mounted directly on the floor tile, saving interior space.

Baseboard heating for a portable cabin may alternately be installed directly under a window. This will enable the heater to warm the cool air that enters the building from a non-insulated window. A thermostat may be included or purchased separately.

3. Gas or Propane Stove

Similar to a small gas fireplace, the gas or propane stove is another option for heating your portable building. Look for one with a built-in blower to circulate the warm air better. This is an economical choice for your heating, and it will be constructed of stainless steel parts, chimney included. You may wall-mount the unit or it can be freestanding.

4. Wood Burning Stove

Small and rustic-looking, this is a favorite among many who own portable cabins. You'll find the materials are often constructed of durable cast iron and porcelain. Many designs measure only 12x19 inches. Although they are tiny, the wood burning stoves can warm a portable cabin nicely.

5. Radiant Floor Heating

If your portable building is subject to drafts, you might want to consider this option. Radiant floor heating is a good choice for a portable cabin, as the heat will rise from the floor, warming objects and furniture, unlike forced heat which only warms the air. When choosing hydronic radiant heat for your portable cabin, you'll need to have plumbing installed as well. This is because radiant floor heating works by running hot water through the coils.

Alternatively, you might choose electric radiant heat which works with the use of heating coils beneath the floor, with no water or plumbing involved. With radiant floor heating, a thermostat and sensor is built into the floor. Is your portable building situated in a particularly dusty location? Dust and pollen from outside the cabin won't be circulated into the air when using radiant heat.

It's a good idea to consult with your portable building manufacturer to be certain the cabin is suitable for the type of heating system you're considering. Customized options may include the heating system already installed, saving you time and effort.  For more information, you may want to contact a local portable buildings supplier. 

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19 May 2015