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Stop Wasting Space! Heat Your Garage This Winter

Posted on December 10, 2015
by Appleby Systems

If you like working on the car, bike, or any other projects requiring a little space and freedom to get messy, the winter probably makes you crazy. When it gets too cold for you to tinker in the work space of the garage, what do you do?

  1. You could throw on some heavy layers, gloves and brave the frost.
  2. You could invest a little into making the garage warm and livable, so the weather will have no say in your hobbies.

Choose number 2!

What you need to know about heating your garage

We don’t know the rules everywhere, but you may need to secure some official permits or schedule inspections before or after renovating the space. When you get past the technical stuff, the real fun starts.

We’ll start with some basics and move to the greater details next.

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Insulating the space

Insulating is a no brainer. IF you want the heat to stay in, the cold to stay out, you need some decent insulation.

Plan to use insulation with a minimum R-value of 19, and don’t forget to insulate the roof, along with the walls. So many homeowners forget about the roof and have to make a second, frustrating trip to the hardware store.

A good level of insulation may be all you need to keep the space warm enough to work in. Test this out for a week to see if you need more. And if you do…

Extend your home heating system

You cannot extend the existing home heating system into the garage unless it is part of your living space. If so, have one of our HVAC technicians visit your home to make sure your existing furnace and ductwork can accommodate the added work.

Heaters

Your main options are:

Gas Unit Heaters

  • Works off thermostat
  • Can be vented through roof or side wall
  • Suspended from ceiling up and out of way
  • Easy to maintain
  • Delivers the highest possible standards of energy efficiency and performance

Direct Vent Wall Heater

Built in thermostat or optional wall thermostat

  • Vents through side wall
  • Small footprint on outside wall
  • Occupies a minimum of room space
  • High efficiency

Ductless Heat Pump

  • Wireless Remote Control
  • Designed for single rooms
  • Wall mounted split system that provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, providing year round comfort
  • High efficiency for lower operating costs
  • Quiet operation
  • Variable speed compressors automatically adjust to fluctuating room capacity requirements
  • Easy to remove filter
  • LED display

Infra-Red Radiant Tube Heater

  • Vents through outside wall
  • Suspended from ceiling
  • Most economical choice
  • Since they don’t stir up the air, they’re ideal for woodworking spaces
  • Wall thermostat
  • Highly efficient

And that’s it. Done! Your garage is now a more functional and comfortable working space.

To get started, request a quote on garage heating solutions from a member of our team today.

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