A garage is more than just a place where cars are parked — it can serve as a workshop where you pursue your hobbies and enjoy time doing the things you like. For that reason, garage heating is vital; it can help keep that space comfortably warm when working outside would be too chilly. Some heating methods can be dangerous, however, particularly in small spaces. Below are a few safe garage heating solutions for you to consider:
1. Buy a Forced-Air Heater
Forced-air heaters pump gusts of hot air into a space. They typically use gas or propane, and they can be connected to your home’s gas line. These heaters are easy to install and do a good job of quickly warming a room. However, they can be noisy, and they need to be regularly cleaned to prevent dust and mold from being blown through your garage.
2. Invest in an Electric Space Heater
An electric space heater has certain benefits. It’s easy to install and doesn’t require a gas line. Some models can be mounted on the ceiling, keeping them from taking up space in your garage. The biggest drawback to this type of heater is the cost of operation. Electric heat is typically more expensive than gas heat, so these heaters can trigger higher utility bills than those powered by gas.
Radiant ceiling panels are installed just like regular ceiling tiles. Unlike some other heating systems, they won’t dry out the air in the room, which is good news for your skin and hair or anything else that needs consistent humidity. However, since heat rises and these panels reside in the ceiling, they may not be that effective at warming the entire space.
4. Purchase a Ductless Mini-Split System
A ductless mini-split system is similar to a heat pump in that instead of generating heat, it moves the heat. These systems are very energy-efficient, and they operate quietly. On the downside, they often have a higher purchase price than other garage heating solutions.
5. Fire Up a Combustion Space Heater
A combustion space heater generates warmth using propane or kerosene. This type of heating can warm a garage quickly. You can also use it during power outages, and it tends to be less expensive than electric space heaters. But a combustion space heater can be noisy. It can also generate a fuel odor and is typically more expensive to operate than other heating solutions. Be sure to only use a unit that is designed for the indoors. These commonly include an oxygen level sensor and a tip-over safety shutoff for extra protection. If you choose this route you should also install a carbon monoxide detector.
Don’t Forget Proper Safety and Insulation
Garage safety is important, so make sure with whatever heating option you choose, you take the necessary precautions to heat your garage safely, factoring in things like ventilation and power supplies.
You’ll also want to avoid expensive utility bills by making sure your heated air stays where you want it. Proper garage insulation is essential to prevent heat from escaping. Fiberglass insulation is readily available and relatively inexpensive. If you use it to insulate the floors, walls and ceiling of your garage, it will help support whatever heating method you choose.
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