Renovating your home means more than merely replacing old furniture and painting; it can also mean making smart purchases that will improve your family’s life and enable you to extend your outdoor activities even as the weather gets colder.
The generator has been one of the most popular Home Improvement devices over the past years, and its portable version is also getting more appreciated, given the number of tornados, hurricanes, and heavy snow falls that we experience each year. And portable infrared heaters are also gaining popularity among renovation enthusiasts.
Portable generators and heaters
Having a portable generator as backup enables you to be prepared for a blackout and stay safe until the situation is remedied and you can shut off the engine. The most common types are propane, diesel, and natural gas-fueled generators, although there are models that work on a combination of two fuel types; this kind of generator can come handy in areas where a particular fuel is in insufficient amounts, so thorough research on the subject is needed to make sure you purchase the right kind of generator.
When utility power goes off, the standby or portable generator kicks in not only to provide electricity to your bulbs, refrigerator, TV and other appliances, but also to power vital home security systems that must remain functional at all times and particularly during the blackout.
And during calmer times, a generator can also power your tools or light some bulbs in the back yard, and thus save money off your energy bill.
Moreover, adding an infrared heater to your household is a good idea when you need to warm up one room at a time, and not the entire house at once; infrared heaters, whether permanent or portable, are therefore another great way to save money and avoid wasting valuable resources.
Most infrared heaters are fueled with electricity (although heaters meant for the outdoors sometimes use propane or natural gas), which means they require less cleaning and ventilating of the room they are placed in as compared to gas-powered heaters. That is because electrically powered infrared heaters are perfectly safe for indoor use, given that they emit no toxic fumes; they are also less harmful to the environment than their carbon-based counterparts, which makes them a better option for the environmentally conscious who need to maintain their comfort and well-being.
Just like portable generators, portable infrared heaters can also be useful on a job or construction site; for example, they can be employed to speed up the drying of paint on various surfaces. You can also temporarily warm a balcony or a gazebo with them, since these heaters will provide just enough warmth to allow you to carry on whatever you need to without catching a cold.