What are Your Reasons for Wanting a Garage Heater?
There are many reasons homeowners choose to invest in ways to heat their garage. You’ve probably given this some thought yourself.
The garage is a go-between area, often overlooked for its many uses if it were heated. Say yours will hold three cars, but you only park one car inside and now you’re thinking about turning the additional space into a workshop.
Some homeowners have converted the space into a shop, or a studio for hobbies. Maybe your family would love to have an exercise room. And the list goes on.
Although not as prevalent as it once was, it may be used as a laundry area.
How do People run into Problems?
Unless a homeowner has proper knowledge and skills, this do-it-yourself project can go terribly wrong.
Propane, kerosene and oil heaters: These quick-fix heating sources are seldom vented properly and you or your family can be exposed to harmful, even lethal, fumes.
Portable electric heaters: In the cold of winter, these aren’t very effective. In addition, it’s important to keep them away from any flammable materials.
Using your existing home heating ducts: A HVAC expert may be able to accomplish this, but otherwise there is the risk of vehicle exhaust and carbon monoxide making its way from your garage into your home.
Some Ideas About Insulating and Heating
Many heating and cooling manufacturers offer heaters for home garages, such as the Lennox heater shown here.
These are safe, efficient and often economical. But it’s important to understand the ratio of size and output in relation to the area and the heater. Again, speaking with a trained technician is the best and safest way. At Abel we have several experts who can offer help.
But adding a garage heater without upgrading other aspects of your area can be like throwing money out the door.
For example, how is the insulation of your garage walls and ceiling? None? A heater of any size will have a struggle keeping the garage warm with little or no insulation or even drywall. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting money.
Upgrading your garage’s weather stripping is another advantage. In addition, these upgrades will help keep the interior of your home warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.
Even if you don’t add heating or insulation, it’s still a good idea to insulate the wall between your garage and the inside of your home.
Don’t Overlook Insulating the Garage Door
You can spend the time and money insulating an old garage door, or better yet, invest in a new garage door. These are more modern in appearance and made with steel or wood, and can give you plenty of insulation.
Is Your Garage Cluttered?
Air flow is important in heating and cooling an area. By tidying up and rearranging your garage, you may be surprised how it will warm up, especially if you install a heater. You will find more heat balance in an orderly garage. Adding shelves and cabinets to store things in will make a huge difference.
The Garage Floor
The floor covering of your garage also makes a difference. Parking your vehicle inside the garage caked with snow, ice, mud and sludge can turn your floor into a gooey mess. Protecting your floor with a poly garage floor coating, or covering it with tile like in the image above, will help keep things clean, and in a less important way, keep it warmer.
Why spend money on space heaters that could cause problems for you and your family’s health and safety? We at Abel are more than happy to come out and discuss the ways to heat your garage that work best, at the least cost. Be it a workshop for you, a craft studio for your wife, or an exercise room for the whole family, let us help.
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