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Take the chill off! Ensuring comfortable conditions in workspaces

By Andrew Martin / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
March 18, 2020

If you’re like many in the working world, your office or workspace is likely too cold for comfort – even when temperatures outside aren’t all that cold. Studies have proven that occupants of office spaces, buildings, garages and other workspaces are less productive when exposed to cold conditions.

Many different types of workplaces face year-round temperature challenges and struggle to strike the perfect balance to keep all employees comfortable and focused. But a solution is available – electric radiant heat.

Radiant heat, the most comfortable form of heat, does not use forced air, rather relying on the natural transfer of heat from warm objects to cooler objects. Radiant heat utilizes electricity to radiate heat to surrounding objects and are much quieter than forced air heating systems.

Electric heating systems have been in use for over a century, and in that period, they have significantly advanced in terms of their efficiency, affordability, safety, versatility and appearance.

Utilizing customized electric heat can alleviate the distress of those who are chilly. A wide range of supplemental heating solutions can efficiently address virtually every heating need in every building type by taking advantage of the steadily increasing benefits of electricity to create the most environmentally responsible and economically viable heating solutions.

In fact, there are portable radiant heaters such as a Radiant Plug-In Under Desk Heaters specifically designed to provide personalized, targeted, energy-efficient warmth to employees. Other options include unit heaters and wall heaters.

These heaters can be used for virtually any indoor location regardless of space type or size and offer an easy install solution for cold spots that are located further from main heat sources without requiring venting or exhaust.

No matter the space or place, it’s never cool to feel cold. To ensure year-round comfort in the workplace, it is vital to find a portable radiant heater that is flexible enough to address fluctuating temperature concerns all year long. # # #

Andrew Martin is a product manager at Marley Engineered Products

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