Cold air can cause issues with machinery and make working very uncomfortable. Having to wear gloves while working on intricate mechanical parts could prove tricky and dangerous. Whatever industry you're in, heating your garage building is a must.
If you're looking for ways to keep your garage building warm in the winter, try these 9 ways to ensure everything inside stays at the optimal temperature.
1. Install Insulation
Installing a heating system is a complicated and pricey endeavor. And once it's installed, you could be running it 24/7 just to keep the place above freezing. One way to make sure the heat you introduce stays inside is to install plenty of high-quality insulation.
Insulate any garage doors that you can and add plastic sheeting to windows if necessary. This will help keep the cold out once your system is up and running.
Your heating bill could be astronomical. You'll be pouring that money down the drain if your walls aren't properly insulated.
2. Heat With Forced Air
A forced air unit can be a relatively inexpensive way to keep your garage building warm in the winter. As you might gather, forced air heaters blow powerful gusts of hot air into the room.
They can be powered by gas or propane and can be great for cleaner shops and garages. If you run a wood or a metal shop, however, you'll be blowing lots of dirt and dust around, which can ruin paint jobs or even start fires near a welder.
The savings might not be worthwhile if you're going to have to spend more hours working slowly and carefully to not ruin your projects.
3. Try A Convection Heater
Convection heaters can be powered by gas, propane, or electricity. They function by circulating convection currents within the unit and through the heating element. They heat the air around you a bit more slowly than a blower unit but can heat a room more steadily for longer.
Depending on your budget, a convection heater can be a great option to keep your garage warm in the winter.
4. Install A Ductless Unit
A ductless or a "split system" will allow you to both heat and cool your building with the same unit. They're known to be energy efficient, which can be a great relief to your utility budget.
If you're looking to build a green or eco-friendly garage, split systems are the way to go. They're also much simpler to install than an HVAC unit, which could require thousands of dollars and days shutdown.
5. Install In-Floor Heat
You might have heated floors in your bathroom at home. As heating technology has developed, units have become able to handle more floor space than ever before.
You'll find that your employees will be much more comfortable staying warm from the ground up. Installing a PEX tubing radiant heat system can be a costly endeavor but if you're still in the process of laying the foundation for your garage, it's worth considering.
Don't expect in-floor heating to be your primary source. With your main source competing with a cold floor, you'll be losing heat just to fight drafts at the ground level. This is a surefire way to combat ground level coldness.
6. Try Out A Propane Heater
Propane heaters can come in a variety of sizes. They can complement your main heating source by sitting near your doors to fight drafts.
With a propane unit, all you have to do is add the fuel and you'll be off and running in moments. Units are often mobile and affordable, so you can budget for a few of them to use strategically on the coldest days.
While they can be pricey as your primary heating source, they will come in handy when you hit the peak of winter.
7. Ceiling Panels Bring Top-Down Heat
Radiant ceiling panels are an energy efficient way to heat up your room and target strategic areas. They tend to heat up quickly, so they can be used to get your room up to the right temperature in a snap.
If your garage building also serves as a showroom, you might not want heating units clogging up the floor and the wall space. Ceiling units can make sure your garage looks tidy and neat while remaining warm in the winter. Ceiling panels will make sure you lose none of the character of your customized garage in the process.
8. Check Out Wall-Mounted Heaters
Wall-mounted units are typically high-voltage hardwired units that can be installed without the help of a professional. They heat efficiently and quickly, about equal to the quality you'll get from a forced-air unit.
While they might take up some precious wall space, depending on what you do in your garage, they can ensure that your interior ground level is heated well.
9. Space Heater Technology Has Grown
While you might think of space heaters as an outdated and inefficient way of heating a room, they've gotten better than they were 20-30 years ago. While they shouldn't be your primary source, they can help to heat an enclosed room or an office space within your garage building.
Their portability is probably their number one feature. They can be placed next to the door for anyone working to near a drafty or open area.
Most space heaters have a sort of rating to show how much cubic footage you can expect them to heat.
There's No One Way To Keep Your Garage Warm In The Winter
No matter the size of your garage, there's a heating option that will fit the style of work you do inside. Whether you're housing animals, running a shop, or selling tractors, your building can be comfortable to work in year-round with the right system.
If you're ready to start installing a system for your garage building, contact us.