How to heat your garage this winter

Your garage can be a space for almost anything whether that be a space for projects, repairs or even as a recreational room which is why it is important that you’re able to keep it sufficiently heated.

If during the winter months you begin to notice that the garage is increasingly difficult to use the space due to the temperature it may want to explore different heating options. When it comes to heating this type of space, there are various solutions you may not have previously considered. Here we concisely detail the recommended safe and reliable ways in which you can keep your garage at a comfortable temperature.

Garage heating system

The first step in this process is to think about your garage heating needs and what budget you are working with. You will need to think about how cold the space gets in the winter; how big the space is and consequently how big a space you have to install heating systems. Once you have measured the space and have thought about the temperature you are looking, then can you proceed with exploring available systems.

You may find that one of the better and more cost-effective methods of heating your garage is to insulate it. Any wall and ceiling space has the ability to be insulated and you don’t have to pay out to do so. If you aren’t able to invest in cavity wall insulation you can DIY the walls with bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to keep out the cold. Using draught excluders is also not to be forgotten as a lot of heat is lost through gaps under entryways. If you do, then decide to install a heating system you may want to inclement these measures to ensure the heat isn’t escaping.

In terms of heating systems available for this type of space, there is a handful that is best suited, those being forced air heating, in-floor heating, and infrared heating. It is to be noted that there are many other options but these three are often the most popular options.

Forced Air Heating

This heating system can come in a variety of sizes to suit a variety of price ranges and tends to be one of the more cost-efficient heating options. This type of system works by blowing hot air into space and can be installed so that they are connected to your homes gas mains. It is very efficient at quickly heating up a space and maintaining the desired temperature but may not work in all spaces. Due to the air being blown out you may find that dust and debris fly around if you use the space as a workshop or otherwise, so it is important to bear this in mind.

In Floor Heating

Typically, people associate in-floor heating with bathrooms to keep stone tiling at a pleasant temperature but in recent years this system has been integrated throughout people’s homes. This system works by installing either electric heating coils or water heated tubing beneath your floor so that the heat radiates upwards. Whether it is used alongside another heating system or by itself it can be a great way to ensure that the room remains at a constant temperature. It is also ideal if you use the floor space more in the garage either recreationally or otherwise as it can keep your feet warm at all times.

Infrared Heating

Despite Infrared heating being typically reserved for warehouses, low-intensity tube heaters can very easily be used in garage spaces. Unlike forced air heaters, tube heaters work by radiating heat throughout your desired space. As a result, you will find that the space and the objects in the surrounding area will be heated first and then individuals in the space second. It comfortably and effectively heats any space in a short space of time keeping you warm all year long.

Ben Winrow
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