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Heating your farm building

Available heating options

The best heating method for your building depends on the answers to the following questions:

  • How warm do you need it?
  • How quickly must it warm up?
  • Which is more important: upfront installation cost or long-term cost of use?
  • How often will you use it?
  • Will you be adding a ceiling?
Here are the pros and cons of three common heating methods. Of course, using no heat at all is valid choice too …  but it’s a cold one.
 
 

Forced Air Gas Heater

  • Heats air
  • Inexpensive to install 
  • Requires gas line
  • Blower can stir up dust
  • Loses lot of heat when door opens
  • Does not heat evenly - big difference between floor & ceiling level temperature
  • Dangerous if painting 

Radiant Heat

  • Heats by convection (warms objects)
  • Quiet
  • Only warms those things to which it has a direct path. For instance, it will be cold underneath a tractor
  • Requires gas line

Floor Heat

  • Requires concrete floor
  • No noise
  • Most expensive installation
  • Takes a long time to warm up 
  • Retains warmth for a long time
  • Optimum condition for working and standing on floor
  • Cheapest to run after installation
  • No dust, dirt, etc. blowing about
  • No risk of damage by moving equipment inside