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Two Effective Options for Heating a Garage

by Amelia Martin

For many people, the garage often doubles a workshop, storage facility, gym, or hangout space. Yet there's nothing very appealing about spending time in an unheated garage when winter rolls around. If you are interested in making your garage more habitable by installing a heat source, read on. This article will discuss the pros and cons of two of the most common heating options for heating-system installation, forced air and infrared heaters.

Forced Air Heater

A forced air heater works in much the same way as the furnace in your home. The combustion of fuel—usually either natural gas or LP gas—generates heat, which is circulated through the garage by means of a blower system. The most attractive feature of a forced air heater is its low initial cost. In fact, forced air heaters are generally considered the least expensive option for heating a garage.

An additional benefit of forced air heating is that it is capable of heating your garage much more quickly than other types of heaters. That means you won't have to suffer through as prolonged a heat-up phase. Of course, to ensure efficient heating, a forced air heater must be correctly sized to fit your particular garage. In general, a two-and-a-half-car garage will need a heater capable of generating at least 45,000 BTU.

Forced air heaters have a number of drawbacks. For one thing, they tend to be noisier than infrared heaters. Yet perhaps the most significant factor to consider is that those who heat their garage using a forced air heater you will lose much more heat each time your garage door is opened. Not only that, but the blower can cause problems where dust is concerned. This is especially troublesome for those who use their garage as a woodworking shop.

Infrared Heater

An infrared heater works much differently than a forced air heater. Rather than directly heating the air, an infrared heater first passes its heat to objects, which then radiate heat into the air. This means that you will suffer much less heat loss each time the garage door is opened. That's because the floor, the walls, and the objects in the garage will all retain heat, thus allowing the room to come back up to temperature more quickly.

Infrared systems are also much less noisy compared to forced air heaters. And since infrared systems don't directly move the air, they don't present a problem where sawdust and other forms of particulate matter are concerned. The principal drawback to infrared heating, however, is its relatively higher price tag. Additionally, it will take longer for an infrared heater to bring your garage up to temperature when you first turn it on.