Make Your Garage Comfortable When It’s Cold
Transforming a freezing garage into a comfortable space for hobbies or projects becomes challenging due to cold temperatures. Moreover, converting a garage into a living area exacerbates discomfort during harsh winters. Garages typically remain cold as the home’s heating unit doesn’t extend to them. Fortunately, effective strategies exist to heat uninsulated garages, ensuring a warm and inviting atmosphere for various activities despite the harsh weather. Below we outline some of the best ways to heat a garage in winter.
Choosing The Right Way to Heat a Garage
Factors such as the size of your garage, outdoor temperatures, and insulation quality are the main reasons a garage won’t stay warm in winter. Seeking a home evaluation or expert opinion can help determine the required heating capacity (BTUs) and whether additional insulation or a supplemental heater installation is feasible.
Typically lacking insulation, garages really struggle with temperature regulation during winter. Construction materials greatly impact their performance in cold weather as well. Insulating walls, doors, and ceilings can significantly enhance warmth. Blown-in insulation is suitable for prolonged winter use.
Utilizing natural gas, forced-air heaters efficiently and affordably heat garages by circulating heat through air movement. Positioning the heater strategically maximizes overall space heating, albeit at the expense of noise due to fan circulation and gas combustion.
Ductless heating and cooling systems, known as multi-split or split systems, offer easy installation compared to other HVAC systems. Their energy efficiency and eco-friendliness make them an appealing choice for heating garages, and reducing utility bills.
Initially intended for bathrooms, in-floor radiant heaters are gaining popularity in garages. They provide comfort by maintaining warmth at ground level, ideal for tasks involving prolonged contact with the floor, such as mechanical work.
Employing advanced technology, infrared heaters directly warm objects in open garages, suitable for spaces challenging to insulate properly. Though more costly, various infrared heating options cater to different preferences and heating needs.
Operated by propane, natural gas, or electricity, these versatile heaters come in various sizes and types. They offer rapid or gradual heating, catering to specific garage space requirements.