ASSESS YOUR NEEDS
Perhaps the first hurdle you’ll have to cross is determining how difficult it will be to heat your garage space. The size of the garage is a huge factor, as well as just how cold it gets in your neck of the woods. In addition, you have to consider how well insulated the garage is or if you’re willing to renovate the garage to add additional insulation.
ASSESSING THE SPACE
1. Check The Walls And The Flooring
The materials used during the construction will determine how good it performs in cold weather. For example, most garages have concrete floors and open studded walls, which is, unfortunately, not the best if you want a warm place to hang out during winter. You will have a hard time keeping it warm, so insulating is recommended.
2. Install The Right Insulation
Despite the wrong materials on the walls, you can make up for it by insulating it and the ceiling. There are a few options to use depending on how you want to use your garage. There are insulation batts, as well as blown-in insulation that you can install between wall studs. On top, you can use plywood, drywall or other types of paneling. If you are planning to use the space for longer periods of time or as a living area, then blown-in insulation is the best option. It is energy efficient and has a higher R-value compared to foam batts or rolls.
Even if you are not using the garage as much, insulating it still makes sense so that draft will be prevented from coming in. It will also keep the garage from losing any heating you use.
3. Improve The Flooring
In many cases, the original concrete flooring in garages is normally left as it is because upgrading it will be a waste of money. However, because more and more people are using it for other purposes, it becomes necessary to change it as concrete floors get very cold and make any heating unsuccessful. If you plan to keep the garage as warm as the rest of your home, you should go for wooden flooring, otherwise, carpet tiles or floor mats might be enough. If you do not need to really warm it, you can just use a huge throw rug to cover the cold concrete during winter.
4. Check Your Garage Door
Whatever heating you install will not work if your is letting the heat out and the cold air in. Ensuring its good working condition will also assure you that the heat stays inside. You might want to opt for a steel door that is insulated. They are very durable and also have foam core insulation to keep the cold out, which is why it is quite energy efficient. Just make sure you check for any drafts and if you feel some cold air coming in, you can install some weather-stripping at the sides and the bottom.
5. Heating Your Garage: Garage Heater Solutions
Before You Shop
First answer a few questions about your garage and your needs. Considering these questions will help you find a heater that will efficiently warm your space.
- Do you plan on constantly heating the space?
- Do you need to move your heater from place to place?
- Do you need a focused heat for a work space?