Many people are under the assumption that you can kill bed bugs by turning up your furnace, purchasing any electric heater and turning fans on. It’s not that simple, as size and power matter in this case. 🙂
Let’s talk about our heater:
Titan portable direct-fired propane heaters are the most powerful heaters and generate up to 990,000 BTU. Direct fired heaters are typically operated outside the treatment area and the energy from the direct fired heating unit is ducted into the room from outside the building. Because of the amount of energy and heat produced by these heaters, a technician must always be present to monitor the heater and the treatment area. Direct fired systems require a propane tank and hoses. Direct fired units achieve lethal thermal temperature faster than electric units and will take less time to perform a treatment. Bed bug heat treatments with direct fired heaters often reduce the ability for bed bugs and other insects to migrate out of the heating zone during the treatment. Direct fired gas heaters are effective for treatment of all insects and are efficacious for all life cycle stages including eggs. The Titan heaters also raise interior and exterior wall temperatures to lethal levels for wood-destroying pests like termites and powder post beetles. Modern bed bug populations are highly resistant to the insecticides used for their control. Heat is known to be a very effective bed bug killer and it can be used in many different ways to treat infestations.
Now let’s talk about our air movers (More powerful than a fan)
Axial fans and centrifugal fans are an integral part of the Heat process for killing bed bugs and other insect pests. Power draw during an electrical bed bug heat treatment is just as important of consideration as the maximum temperature a fan can withstand and remain operational. To ensure the continuing success from your heat treatments, these fans can operate at temperatures far above what any insect pest will require to achieve a 100% kill.
Below, is one of our red air movers. If you click and listen, you will hear the power & force. It’s definitely not like your typical house fan. 😉 (There are multiple air movers going as well)