A Look At Your Garage Heating Options
During the winter months, the temperatures inside your garage can turn downright frigid. While many people think little of the cold dash to their car in the morning, for others, it’s important that the garage stays warm and comfortable all year long. Not only does it provide a great environment for your vehicles, but it keeps your garage open as a workspace all year long. If you’re thinking about heating your garage, you should know there are several different options for bringing heat in. In this article we’ll take a look at the two most common choices.
However, before we start talking about the different types of garage heating, it’s important to note that the first step in creating a heated garage is making sure your garage is properly insulated. If your garage is not fully insulated (in particular, the walls and ceilings), any heat that is generated inside the garage will quickly escape, resulting in a huge waste of your money.
The quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to heat your garage is through a portable heater, or a space heater. Space heaters are great, efficient ways to warm up specific area in your garage (such as a workstation). There are several different types of space heaters (including electric, kerosene, oil, and propane), and each works at different levels of efficiency.
The big downside to space heaters is you turn them on and off, which means it can take a while to warm up your desired space to a comfortable temperature. It’s also extremely important to make sure with a space heater (in particular one that uses kerosene or gas) that you have a good source of ventilation so you aren’t breathing in any harmful gases or chemicals.
The second most common option is to have a heater installed into your garage. The most popular (and cost-effective) heaters for your garage are natural gas heaters. There are two types of natural gas heaters that you can install: forced-air and infrared tube heater. A forced-air heater will blow warm air through the space while an infrared heater radiates heat from the heating element.
Each type of heater has different installation requirements, costs, and restrictions so make sure that you get the right heater for your needs. Talk to your HVAC about what you plan on doing in the garage, your current heating set-up, and your budget in order to make the right choice for your situation.