Dread Getting Into Your Car This Winter? Here’s How to Warm Up Your Garage

A warm garage eases the transition from house to car on a cold winter morning — but that’s not all. Today’s garages are often more than just a parking space and are also utilized for work projects, hobbies, and recreation too. Adding a garage heat source in winter makes that unconditioned space feel more like part of the home. Certain appliances installed out there can benefit from heating too. In a warmer garage, for example, water heaters consume less energy to keep the tank up to temperature.

Several options are available to make your garage toasty, but the first step should be preparing the structure itself.

  • Insulate the walls and ceiling. Because these areas are often not enclosed in many garages, adding fiberglass insulation batts is not nearly as labor-intensive as it is to do so inside the house.
  • Insulate the door.  Garage doors radiate heat outdoors very efficiently. DIY insulation kits are readily available in home centers. Remember to check the seal at the bottom of the door too—a worn seal is often a major source of heat loss.

Garage Heating Options

  • An electric space heater — basically a larger, more robust version of the portable space heaters utilized inside homes for spot heating — is an easy choice for limited heating and doesn’t require ventilation.
  • Mounted forced-air heaters use natural gas. A forced-air garage furnace is often ceiling-mounted and incorporates a fan to effectively circulate warmth. Like all combustion devices, a gas-fired furnace  requires a ventilation duct routed to the outdoors.
  • Ductless mini-splits are highly efficient, downsized heat pumps. The outdoor unit is compact — about the size of a suitcase — while the indoor half is wall-mounted and incorporates the condenser coil that disperses heat, as well as a blower fan. The two units are connected by a narrow conduit that circulates refrigerant. Mini-splits can supply reliable, low-cost heat in outdoor temperatures down to about 25 degrees. In summer, the unit also functions as an air conditioner.

Does a warm garage sound good on chilly winter days? Ask the heating pros at Paitson Bros. for more details. We’ve been keeping folks comfortable in all seasons since 1922.

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