If you are like those people who don’t like to leave their garage in winter, you probably need to invest some money to heat your garage. The cold weather can stop you from doing your work in the garage. Whether you use the garage for DIY projects, to repair your car, store different household items, or for any hobby, you need to keep it warm in winter. If you use your garage as a living space then heating it should be the first priority.
The heat is measured in BTU (British thermal unit). The question is how much heat is required to warm up your garage? For calculating the heat required warming up your garage, you need to know these things – the area of the room, the desired temperature you want to attain. After determining these things you are good to calculate the heat required from any BTU calculator. After calculating the heat required in BTU you can shop any unit to heat up the garage. We have figured out 3 simple and cheap ways to heat up the garage. Let’s have a look!
1. Insulate The Garage – The Cheapest Way To Heat Up Your Garage
The cheapest and long term method to keep the garage warm in winter is the insulation. The insulation is a onetime investment and it is widely used because of its long lifetime. You can insulate the garage from all the sides – the walls, ceiling (if you are not using it for storage), and even you can insulate the garage door. The insulation absorbs the cold air and reduces its impact. The insulation alone can do well provided that the winter is not so hard. Sometimes, you don’t need to use heaters, mini-split system, or forced air system to keep the garage warm if the door, windows, ceiling, and walls are well insulated.
You can use the batt insulation, roll insulation, or blown-in insulation. The blown-in insulation is efficient to use if compared with the other two methods – batts and rolls.
Insulating your garage is the most important and an easy step towards keeping the garage warm. Also, the insulation acts as a catalyst to heat up the garage if you are using any other apparatus such as a propane heater. Your garage can heat up very quickly if it is insulated properly. However, simply relying on insulation and not wearing warm clothes can put you at risk.
2. Install Heaters to Heat Up the Garage
The next most appropriate way to heat up the garage is to use heaters. They are economical and very easy to use. There are different types of heaters. Each type differs in its power source, some work on electricity while some use oil to give heat as output. So, which type of heater is most economical to use, it greatly depends on the power source. Most of the people think that using electric heater is the most budget friendly way to warm up the garage; however, the perceptions differ from person to person. Let’s have a look and evaluate different types of garage heaters in detail.
Different Types of Garage Heaters
Forced Air Heater
If you have a garage attached to your house then installing a home heating system would be more economical; it will not only heat your garage but also your entire house. In the forced air heating system, the heated air is distributed with the help of ducts among different rooms. The heated air is thrown out through the vents in different rooms. In the meantime, you can get a duct to your garage; if your garage is attached to your home. In addition to heating up your home, your garage would also be heated. The automatic forced air heating system turns off automatically when the temperature reaches the required level.
Most of the forced air heating system requires two sources to run – electric current and gas. The heat is produced with the help of gas and thrown in the ducts with the help of the fan which uses electricity.
The forced air heaters come in different sizes and price tags. You can buy a floor heater or an overhead heater; it depends on your choice. The floor unit is quite easy to install, just place it on the floor and get it running, while with the other type you have to spare some time and effort to get it running. In a sense, the floor heater is more productive because it throws the heated air on the floor. The heated air is light as compared to the cold air. So, when the heated air is thrown on the floor it tends to move in the upward direction; heating the entire room or garage. If you have a small ventilator near the ceiling, the hot air would eventually move in the upward direction. In a conclusion, the floor forced air heater would be more economical for you in the price and productivity category.
As evident from the name, these types of heaters use propane gas to produce heat. The advantage that propane gas provides over other gases is that it doesn’t produce CO2 (carbon dioxide which can be injurious to health). Whether you play music in your garage or you do some serious job, you should keep your garage warm and the propane heaters can very well do this job. The propane heaters come in different sizes and ignition systems – manual ignition or automatic ignition.
When storing the propane gas in your home or garage, be very careful and follow the safety guidelines.
If you need an environmentally friendly solution to heat up the garage the electric heater can serve you well. They are very easy to install and use. They don’t produce smoke so you can place it in your garage without any hesitation. You don’t need to call any professional to get the electric heater running. In my opinion, the electric heater is the most efficient and convenient way to warm a garage. Especially, if you have a detached garage where you can’t benefit from the central heating system of your home, the electric heater can be of a great help.
The electric energy is converted to heat energy with the help of a resistor or coil. Some electric heaters use the fan to blow the heated air which heats the space it occupies very quickly. When buying an electric heater, opt for the wall mounted electric heater because they are easy to install and safe when mounted on the wall.
Want to warm your tools first and yourself second? The infrared heater is the kind of heater that warms up the objects first and then warms up the people in the garage. Every unit has some advantages and disadvantages; the same is true for the infrared heater. The advantages include – heats the area evenly (where installed) and provide more heat retention. On contrary, the disadvantages include – expensive and complex installation.
When should you buy an infrared heater?
If you have a lot of tools in your garage and you hesitate to touch them in the wintertime, then, you should look to buy an infrared heater for a garage. The ultimate decision is yours, whether you want to use an infrared heater or not.
3. Split System
The next eco-friendly and efficient heating solution for your garage is the split system. It is the most comfortable way to heat the garage. Some units come with dual options; provide heating in the winter and cooling in summer. The split system has two parts – one is installed in the garage while other is installed outside. The two parts are connected through a small duct (conduit). They are easy to install. For more convenience, some units come with a remote control. In my honest opinion, it is not the ideal way to heat the garage. You must have a look at other heating options which are more economical and require less maintenance.
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