A garage can be anything. Be it your workshop, an extra living space, and of course, a place to park your car. A warm garage is just what you need when winter comes. There are a lot of options to heat your garage. In this article, we’re going to focus on eight best ways to do so.
Keep in mind that these options will vary depending on your location and also your budget. The options listed below are tailored to help you choose what’s best for you. Let’s have a look at them!
- Garage Insulation
- This is probably one of the most common heating methods for your garage that might put people to sleep. However, a properly insulated garage needs a bit kind of work even on the tiniest details. You have to make sure that your garage is free from cracks and any other kinds of openings before insulating it. Moreover, you may have to replace your normal garage door into something that’s insulated too.
- A fully insulated garage will
protect you and the whole family even on the worst conditions (maybe even from
a storm too), making it easier to maintain livable conditions.
- Garage Heating Units
- Shopping for heating units in the market and you’ll be greeted with a lot of options such as convection heaters to full-size units. But the key here is to buy one that can fit right for your garage without sacrificing too much space.
- Heating units are probably the
cheapest way to heat your garage. But it’s best to use them for short-term only
because of their high energy consumption. If you really need to heat your
garage in winter, then investing in an actual garage heater is your best bet.
They function just like your usual AC units and are permanently installed on
the ceiling that can heat even the largest garages.
- Infrared Heating
- This one is kind of different. Infrared heating is designed with heating specific areas in mind, such as your workspace. These infrared mats can be placed on your garage floor, making it easier for you to work under the car with extra comfort.
- There’s also a cable version
that operates just like an old-fashioned wire space heater. However, it warms
your equipment before the air itself. Both of these infrared heaters are energy
efficient and operates well as they are intended to.
- Heated Garage Floor
- A garage’s worst enemy is probably the concrete during colder climates. While adding a floor covering may sometimes not do the trick, opting for renovating your whole garage floor and replacing it with a heated floor is probably your best bet.
- Heated floors have a base layer
of filler sand that’s covered by a reflective liner. Flexible piping is then
installed in loops which are then covered in concrete to finish the floor.
Those pipes beneath are heated with the help of a boiler. While it may seem
like a great idea, it can be costly, and you need to hire a professional to
install it for you, which adds up the labor cost.
- ModCon Boilers
- If you haven’t heard any word
about this one, ModCon boilers are actually tankless water heaters that doubles
as a space heater without affecting the function of the other. Keep your garage
toasty warm by using this device. It may be costly, but it’s worth the money
since it consumes less energy compared to other heaters.
- Electric Ceiling Panels
- Not to be confused with solar panels (which is actually a different device in the first place), electric ceiling panels is one way to heat your garage in cold conditions. They are one-inch rectangles that can heat up or cool quickly, allowing a safe and efficient temperature control.
- However, leaving them on for a
long period of time will result in skyrocketing electric bills. So if you opt
on using this one, be sure to only turn it on when needed.
- Go back in time by using a
stove or a fireplace to heat a room, especially your garage. Just don’t forget
to prepare a fire extinguisher nearby just in case the fire starts to act up
like it has a mind of its own. Soapstone fireplaces is an obscure variant that
is attractive to look at if you don’t like the looks of your default fire
- Stone Heating
- Since we’re talking about old school stuff, stone heating is another “primitive” tech of heating your garage. Some stones and minerals absorb heat, which radiates it back to the environment, providing warmth to the place. Placing them into a well-insulated garage is enough to keep the entire garage warm. However, when we talk about efficiency, stone heaters are an exemption. And it’s best to reserve this one on garages with no electricity in sight.