More homeowners who have a garage at their homes are taking advantage of the large extra space offered by garages for everyday activities. Other than storing your cars, a garage can be used for different purposes such as serving as a workshop, laundry room or even a play space for your k However, since a garage is usually built for storing our cars and keeping them safe from the harsh elements of weather, it can be difficult to use for other purposes. When the weather gets cold, your garage can become drafty, cold and too uncomfortable to spend much time in. And this is why most homeowners are choosing to install garage heaters in their garages to make them comfortable for other garage activities.
There are numerous types of garage heaters available on the market. This can make it difficult for you to decide what type of garage space heater is the best option for you. In this article, we have listed down the 3 main factors you need to consider when buying a garage heater. Most people are looking for a portable and efficient heater for home, typically.
1. The Location of The Garage Heater
Ideally, your garage heater should be placed where it will disperse heat to the specific parts of your garage where you spend most of the time in. For many people, this is usually the central portion of the garage space, but if you have a hobby area or workshop in the garage, you may wish to move the heater in order to aim airflow to a specific spot.
While a radiant heat heater or infrared heater may be an option, you consider its ability to aim or direct heat to your desired location. As you are considering where to install your garage heater, you still have another important decision to make: Do you prefer a ceiling/wall mounted heater or a portable garage heater? A wall or ceiling mounted garage heater might need special hardware, although some heaters will come with a hanger that you can use on both the wall and the ceiling. In general, you will need to screw a mounted garage heater into some stud for security.
2. Type of Installation
The next big decision to make regarding garage heaters is whether you want a garage heater that requires to be hardwired versus one that will be plugged into an existing power outlet via a power cord. If you’re planning to install a heavy duty heater that requires to be then hardwired with its own circuit and switch, you’ll need to hire a professional electrician to make sure it’s safe and working properly. Placing a garage heater on a power line allows you to use your other electrical items without blowing a fuse, so it is often a good option for garages where you have a range of hardware and tools.
On the other hand, if you choose a portable heater, then you don’t have to hire an electrician as the heater ready to use right after unboxing. Just plug it into a power outlet for instant heat. This is a good option for a garage that is fitted with several power outlets. It’s also the better option if you’re planning to move the heater around your garage space as you work. A portable garage heater can also be used outside of your home.
3. Safety Features
In general, an electric garage heater is usually safer than one that needs combustible fuel like propane heaters or natural gas heaters. These garage heaters pose fire risk with gas lines and flammable fuel and need good care to avoid the accumulation of noxious fumes. Because propane heaters often need additional ventilation to avoid this risk, you might also pay more for the installation.
Electric space heaters don’t need venting like a forced heater. For the safest garage heater, look for a model that has a heavy-duty housing which is designed to keep flammable items far away from the heating element to prevent fires. It is also a great idea to look for a model that keeps hands away from the heating element to avoid the risk of burns. A ceiling-mounted space heater is a good option for homes with pets or children since it’ll be well out of the way of any pets or children and should also have heating settings and adjustable louvers to control the heat using a temp control. Models with overheat protection that shuts off the heater when it overheats are usually better. In addition, a portable heater should at least have an adjustable thermostat control and safety shut-off tip-over switch.