Most people make use of their garage as a work place, a “man cave”, a place for recreational hobbies, or a place where they can have some time for themselves. These reasons compel homeowners to make sure that the garage is as comfortable as the rest of their home. If you’re thinking about purchasing the right garage heater to meet your needs, here are three main types of garage heaters you can choose from.
Electric Garage Heaters
The most common garage heater used in most home garages is the electric heater. Electric garage heaters make use of electricity, converts it to heat, and the heat is pushed out from the device by a motorized fan. This is the ideal choice for homeowners who make use of their garage for automotive work or for those who store combustible materials.
- They are very easy to set up and install
- They do not require fuel refilling
- They require very little maintenance
- Electric garage heaters are generally quiet and can be controlled by a thermostat
- They can be mounted to the wall to avoid tipping over
- They come in portable and compact designs.
- Because they rely on electricity, they can be expensive to run
- Power outage means no heat from your device
- The heater’s fan speed cannot be controlled.
Propane Garage Heaters
As the name implies, this heater makes use of propane. The fuel is released from the tank, ignited by the pilot flame, heated and kept in the heat exchanger and released through a vent when the temperature is correct. If you’re using your garage as an extra living space, this could be a great option for you.
- Propane heaters are generally efficient and long-lasting
- Power outages do not affect their performance
- They can easily warm a space or your garage
- Propane garage heaters require that the garage has proper ventilation
- Propane heaters need to be vented properly; otherwise, you run the risk of having dangerous fumes escape into your garage
- Your garage has to be clear of combustible materials
- You have to consider installation of heater and gas fitter, including the cost of gas for your expenses.
Natural Gas Heaters
Natural gas heaters make use of a gas line that flows through the gas valve within the heater. These work by getting the fuel ignited and warmed up until it reaches the set temperature. A fan blows out the heated air and circulates it around the garage.
- Natural gas heaters are the least expensive to run
- They can easily heat a room in a short amount of time
- They work in power outages
- Just like propane gas heaters, natural gas heaters need to be properly vented to avoid gas fumes from escaping into your garage
- Your garage will need proper ventilation
- You must make sure that your garage is free from combustible materials
- Natural gas heaters leave an odour
- Require a gas line for your garage
With all three garage heaters, you also have to consider the size of the heater you need for your garage. That being said, be aware of your garage’s size in square footage, the height of your garage ceiling, insulation, and other details that will affect the overall performance of your garage heater.
As always, you can reach out to your trusted company if you have questions or concerns about your heating needs.