6 Types of Garage Heater – Advantages and Disadvantages

garage heaterThe garage is a multi-functional space for a lot of Edmonton homeowners. A few of them uses their garage mainly as a parking space for their vehicles especially when the weather is cold, or as a storage space for home decorations that are no longer being used. Then for some, their garage serves as their sanctuary. It is the perfect spot to tinker with their tools or share a few rounds of drinks with friends and neighbors. Regardless of the significance of your garage, whether it is connected to your home or not, one thing is for sure, every Edmonton home requires a garage heater.

If your garage is not warm enough, you’ll only be able to use it for roughly six months in a span of one year. It might also speed up the usual wear and tear of your vehicles, or ruin the rest of the items stored in your garage during the cold winter season. And since you now know the importance of having your Edmonton garage heater at home, let’s see how you can do it.

1. INSULATE YOUR WALLS

First and foremost, a homeowner must ensure that you provide sufficient and appropriate insulation before installing a heater in your garage. Make sure that you insulate your ceilings and walls first and finish it off with some paneling or sheetrock. By having well-insulated walls, the cold air and wind cannot penetrate into your home. Proper insulation is non-negotiable if you want to furnish your garage with its Edmonton garage heater.

You have several alternatives among the various garage heaters out there that you can install to heat up your garage. However, if you miss on insulating it before the installation, you’ll likely end up spending more money than necessary and not be able to maximize your unit’s efficiency. You’ll end up losing the warm air as it is sucked out by the cold air that seeps into cracks and holes. In the end, you not only waste money, but you also fail in realizing your goal in the first place –to establish a cozy garage.

2. A DUCTLESS AIR CONDITIONER WITH A HEAT PUMP

Another thing to bear in mind when insulating your garage is the fact that it must not only be capable of holding the warm air inside but the cold air as well during warm summer months. Once summer comes, a lot of Edmonton homeowners simply open their garage doors to let the fresh air come inside. However, the natural air that comes in might not be enough especially when the temperature hits the 30s. It can only work if your garage’s layout allows a lot of fresh, cool air to come in.

During the summertime when the intense heat is unbearable, you can establish access to the cold air inside your garage by installing a ductless air conditioner with a heat pump. You can mount your ductless A/C unit up on your wall, and it will serve a dual function. It can generate both heat and cold air with just one unit without taking up so much space.It is something that is not true with an oscillating fan or an electrical space heater. If your garage connects to your home, a ductless air conditioner also features zone cooling. Its exterior compressor can even connect to four separate rooms. In short, it can service your bedroom, basement, or living room from the same HVAC unit.

3. OVERHEAD RADIANT HEATERS

Another important consideration when you are planning to work outside during uncharacteristically cold days is that the heat inside the room is going to get away right above your head. Then, the perfect solution for your heating dilemma is the installation of an overhead radiant heater. This kind of AC unit is perfect since the heat source’s location is above your head, but also because the radiant heat only warms up a certain area and not your entire garage. You lose the efficiency of your garage heater if it also tries to make the entire place, even the sides of your car, warm as well. It is much better if you can feel the much-desired heat right by your work area or workbench. You can have a cozy work area with the use of an overhead radiant heating unit along with some form of foam insulation to seal out cracks and crevices.

4. NEW GARAGES WORK BEST WITH IN-FLOOR RADIANT HEAT

It is hard to establish in-floor heating to an existing home garage. But for new houses with a bare garage, you can easily set it up. It is one good investment you surely won’t regret in the long run. You can establish the heating tubes of an in-floor radiant heater onto the foundation of your home’s new garage. It can work by use of electricity, hot water, or fuel. It is an excellent garage heater because the main barrier to the cold of an in-floor radiant heater is the hard cement flooring itself. You’ll find your garage warm and toasty and perfect for all your crafty tinkering during colder days when going outside is such a drag. Furthermore, the heat rises,so it passes through your entire body before it dissipates on your home’s ceiling.

But there are some who insists that an in-floor radiant heating unit be retrofitted in their homes because their sub-floor is accessible for the easy installation of its components. However, just like with any other garage, your home’s sub-floor is made up of a hard cement foundation that is hard to manipulate.

5. ELECTRIC SPACE HEATER

If you seldom use your garage during winter and only go there to fix the occasional snow blower problems or to tinker with your car, it is useless to spend so much money over a new garage heater. Your best recourse is to purchase an electric space heater at around $100 or less that you can plug anywhere and will keep you warm enough for an hour or two. Best of all, it does not put a lot of strain on your energy bills. After using it, you can easily store it away on top of a garage shelf for safekeeping.

6. KEROSENE TORPEDO HEATER

You want more warmth than what a regular electric space heater can provide if you like to stay at your home’s garage during the winter season. You stay there either because you like to hunt or share some drinks after messing around in the snow.Then, what you are looking for is a kerosene torpedo heater. For sure, you have seen one of these heaters right on the sidelines of the Edmonton Eskimos during extremely cold weathers. Kerosene is an ideal power source because of its cleaner burn. There might be some buildup of smoke, so open your garage door a little and let some fresh air come inside. The gentle cold breeze is no match to the kerosene torpedo heater. After all, it is capable of heating up a couple of cars and big garages with relative ease. Although you’ll not likely easily see much kerosene around, opting to use the alternative diesel is way too smelly. Undoubtedly, you cannot bear the stench inside your garage when you use it.

You’ll be able to determine the perfect garage heater for your home after considering how often you use your garage and why you use it in the first place. The best thing to do is to buy a small and cheap space heater to know how well it works for you. From there, you can gradually upgrade to a fully efficient HVAC system.

November 21st, 2016 by Lief Simons
About Lief Simons

Lief Simons is the President of Plumbers Edmonton Ltd., which specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling installation, repair and servicing. For same day 24/7 service, call 587-408-3450.