How to Use a Heater - Correctly and Safely

How to use a portable heater: Portable heaters are a great option if the boiler isn't working, central heating is too expensive to put on, or you simply need an additional boost of heat.

You can hire heaters from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.

When it comes to heating, we have solutions that come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what heater you end up hiring from Speedy, they all do the same thing and they’re all really easy to use.

On most portable heaters, there will usually be switches, dials and buttons to allow you to change the settings to the desired output of heat. The particular controls will depend on the exact model of heater you have. There will usually be the option to control heat output, and the fan speed if your heater is a fan model.

Below is an example video of how to use a portable heater.


Please Watch our How To Use a Heater Video below:



The heater in the video is one of our infrared heaters and comes on wheels so it can be manoeuvred with ease.

Heaters are only designed to provide supplemental heat. Don't use them to warm bedding, dry clothes, cook food, or thaw pipes. You need to keep your central heating running occasionally over winter to prevent mould and damage to water pipes.


Portable Heater Safety Tips

Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three types of plug, a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged into any household socket, a yellow 110v plug which will require a transformer, or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit.

But don’t worry, whatever you require your Speedy service centre will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment. And no matter the shape or size of your transformer or RCD unit plugging it in will be exactly the same, just simply lift the flap and push it in.

When using any heater there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

You should always make sure that the heater has at least 3 feet of clearance around it and never block the cover of the heater as this will create a fire hazard.

When you’re done with the heater or if you need to move it, you should always unplug it first and give it time to cool down before you touch it as the heater could be really hot.

Never leave a portable heater unattended. If you must leave the room, switch it off. Never leave a heater running if you have to leave the house, and unplug and allow it to cool down before you leave.

Don't leave a heater running when asleep, either. Watch out for electrical cords, and don't use in areas with water such as bathrooms or kitchens.

If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always available to help, and remember to always check the safety and operating guidance before you use any hire product.


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