April 12, 2024


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The Best Ways To Heat Your Garage In Winter

12 Best Ways to Heat a Garage in the Winter — The Family Handyman

You shouldn’t halt your projects and hobbies during the winter. Unfortunately, a normal garage is not built to be warm in cold weather. Most garages lack insulation, so their floors are frozen throughout the winter. When the garage air is cold, your tools will be frozen, making work harder.

Wood-burning stove

A wood-burning stove is hard to beat for people who like to spend a lot of time in their garage during the winter. The stove not only provides heat but also creates a nice atmosphere. If you have access to wood, this is an economical way to heat the garage. However, observe safety rules, such as placing it on a non-flammable surface such as a concrete floor, away from cabinets, walls, and other items. Also, ensure the stove is properly vented to keep off smoke buildup in the garage.

Solar Air Heaters

To receive sunlight, the solar heater should face the sun’s direction. Although solar heaters save money, they require a window looking exactly south to capture direct sunlight. They are self-sufficient, using no flames, power, or batteries.

Gas Heaters

Gas heaters are among the most cost-effective ways to heat your garage. Buying a gas heater will cost you money, but you will save on electricity costs in the long term. Set up a gas line and always monitor your garage’s CO levels.

Convection Heaters

 Air convection currents circulate through the unit, heating the air in the garage. The rate at which it heats depends on the appliance’s type and size. You can choose an electric, natural gas, or propane-powered unit. 

Insulate Garage Door

Garage doors don’t fit firmly into their frames, leaving small gaps all around them. You can use self-adhesive strips to seal the gaps. If your door is old, replace the bottom seal or gasket to keep cold air out. Measure the width of the Coastal Garage doors before purchasing a replacement gasket.

Use Of A Ductless Mini-Split System

This heater has an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor connected by a conduit. The system uses electricity, and you can either place it on the floor, wall, or ceiling. Most models have a remote for easy control. Also, some units provide cooling in the hotter months.

Insulate Your Garage

It’s best to insulate your garage before buying a heater. Trying to heat an uninsulated garage will result in heat loss and higher electricity or gas bills. An adequately insulated garage can raise the temperature by 5-20 degrees. Insulation keeps heat in, saving you money on utility bills.

Consider Windows

To preserve heat during the winter, use windows with the same insulation value as your home. The best choice is double or triple pane insulated glass with inert gas.

Radiant Heating

In radiant heat, heat is distributed using radiant panels on walls and ceilings. Technology heats a surface rather than the air in the room. Radiant heating has low operating costs, is quiet, and floor heating is more even than other options, thus preventing hot or cold patches.

Propane Heater

A propane heater burns clean and doesn’t have an odor. The system uses minimal electricity to run the fan that circulates the heated air. A moderate-capacity propane heater can heat a medium-sized garage. The propane heater is not without peril. If you use the heater without an oxygen sensor, ensure that the room is properly ventilated. Even with a sensor, it is best to have a CO2 detector to keep you and your house safe.

Even if you won’t spend much time in your garage this winter, it’s best to insulate it to save money and energy. Cold weather can also damage garage equipment such as water heaters, HVAC systems, and cars.