All you need to know about garage heaters

Your garage can be a dark, cold and unpleasant place to work – and if you use your garage for purposes other than storing your car, getting necessary information about garage heaters should be your priority when cold or winter comes. There are many functional uses for a garage other than storing vehicles, and perhaps your kids like to play in the garage, or you want to turn part of the garage into a wood shop or workroom.

Garage heaters are very beneficial, but selecting the best is crucial because you need adequate ventilation for the type of heater you use.

Different Types of garage heaters to choose from

Electric Heaters
Electric heaters are a good choice for using in the garage, and a portable electric garage heater can do the job of spot heating a particular area well enough so that you are comfortable while you work (or play) in the garage. Electric heaters can be used in most areas without a whole lot of ventilation concerns, although you want to take extra caution when using any heater in the garage.

Electric garage heaters are by far the most common type of heater used in many people’s garages. Coming in a variety of forms from wall units, to standalone base units, electric heaters are inexpensive compared to gas iterations and in general require less maintenance than gas types that utilize natural gas and propane.

Propane Heaters
Propane heaters for the garage can put out quite a bit of heat and can be either a space heater or a wall mount variety with the tank installed outside the garage’s wall. These heaters are efficient and depending on the size of the heater and the propane tank; you can easily heat a fairly good sized garage with a propane garage heater. Propane is relatively inexpensive and can be found widely at home improvement stores.

Kerosene Heater
Kerosene garage heaters are a good choice, although you need to make sure that you use them in a well-ventilated area because they let off toxic fumes. Kerosene is an efficient energy source that is cheap. Depending on the size of space you have to heat, you can find heaters in a range of sizes to meet your needs – and they are easy to operate.

Forced Air Heat Fan
A large fan that blows forced hot air is oftentimes used in larger garages because it can blow out a tremendous amount of heat over a big area. You will find this type of heater in many large garages where auto repair is done. These heaters are expensive but well worth it if you want to get a big area warm and ready for work in a short period of time. These types of garage heaters run off electricity.

Heater Safety
It is very important that you practice the utmost of care when it comes to operating garage heaters. Garages are a well-beloved storage place for so many flammable items like gas, oil, paint, wood, paper, and other lubricants, which means that having a heater in the garage requires special precaution to avoid setting a fire in the area. Keep the heater away from any flammable items and operate the heater only in a well-ventilated area.

Choosing the right heater

Before choosing the right garage heater there a few things you need to consider. These are as follows:

• Size and dimensions of garage or shed space

• How often you intend on using the heater?

• What type of heater system will be best?

• What budget are you willing to work with?

• What types of energy source are looking to power your heater?

If you have money to spend you could always perform an extension of the current heating system you have installed in your home to your garage via a venting system. Although this kind of work can be quite expensive to carry out, as a long-term solution it is great and saves on gas and electric compared to having a standalone heater unit in the garage itself.

If you want to find the best deals on garage heaters of all types your best bet would be to check online.  Here’s a great resource and the latest list by homefixplanet here.

Online retailers offer some huge savings compared to retail stores, and in many cases, the price includes installation and next day delivery. Whether you chose to purchase a gas or electric heater make sure to keep your garage work area free of flammable products for your health and safety, a recent survey concluded that most fires that occur in the garage area are a result of heating systems setting alight to flammable products such as paint and aerosol cans. The garage is a modern man cave and should be kept in good condition.