Garages are a great extension of the home used as a place to work, repair cars, and hang out with friends. If you get a lot of use out of your garage, then you will likely want to keep it warm for the winter months. Even if the garage is attached to the home, there may not be vents or proper heating installed in the area.
Instead of using dangerous space heaters or electric heating options, you can save a lot of money and have plenty of heat with four garage heating options. Each heating solution usually involves some sort of furnace that can be installed and kept running for several years.
Garage Tube Heaters
Without proper areas for ventilation, many home owners choose to install a garage tube heater. A tube heater hangs off the ceiling of the garage much like a florescent light fixture. Heat is dispersed through the tube so it can spread throughout the garage.
Furnaces located on the outside of the garage can feed the heat inside. This type of structure can be installed as a natural gas or propane heater. The size of the tube heater will determine the amount of space it can cover. Typically, the smallest heater is ideal for heating a one or two car garage.
Mounted Garage Heaters
Save space and provide a continuous amount of heat into your garage with a mounted combustion heater. Since a mounted heater can be connected to an exterior furnace unit, it does not take up much room in the garage and can be installed almost anywhere.
One of the main benefits of a combustion heater is the efficiency that the device supplies. These types of heaters can reach up to 80% efficiency on either natural gas or propane. The more money you invest into the heater, the better the efficiency is. Timers, temperature controls, and advanced thermostats allow you to warm your garage as accurately as possible.
Waste Oil Heaters
Mechanics that work on or rebuild a lot of cars can save even more money by purchasing a waste oil heater. Instead of operating on new orders of propane or gas, the waste oil heaters can use recycled products produced in your own garage. This means that when you have an oil change, the oil you drain can be saved for burning in a waste oil heater.
The heater uses special technology to properly burn the oils, vent out fumes, and provide heat in your garage. The heaters can use a number of different oils including vegetable oils recycled from the kitchen. Another benefit from choosing waste oil heaters are possible tax rebates. By upgrading a heating system, you may be eligible for the rebates depending on the state you live in. Discuss the possible credits and rebates with a furnace professional.
Installing a geothermal heating system may require a lot of upgrades in the home, but these upgrades are a lot easier for the heating in a garage. The main parts of a geothermal system are installed on the outside of your garage. The pipes from the system are fed into the ground to help pump up natural hot air.
The geothermal furnace then filters the air and feeds it through vents that are installed in a garage. When the vents are installed, multiple spots can be placed around the walls. This will help supply even heat. Parts of the vent are used to suck cold air out of the garage and filter it deep into the ground through installed pipes. This helps complete the cycle as the cold air is distributed back into the ground to get heated again.
Like the waste oil heating option, geothermal heating is environmentally friendly and has possible tax rebates associated with the new installation.
A lot of garages are set up different. A furnace expert can examine the area you own and provide you with a detailed analysis on the best heating options. Contact a company like Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp for more information.