Garage Heating - Practical
A typical two car garage
represents approximately 20% of the usable space in an average home. In
addition, there are currently over 40 million single family residential
garages in the U.S. But the fact is, garages are simply the most
under-utilized spaces of the home, especially during the winter months.
Why? There may be any number of reasons, but one of the most obvious is
that garages are typically left cold during the winter, making them
uncomfortable to use for any other purpose than parking cars and storing
Within the past 10 years
that negative view of the garage has changed dramatically. Climatizing
the garage has become much more than an afterthought. In fact,
insulating and providing some type of heat source in the garage has
become a priority for many homeowners.
There is a push among
residential building contractors to offer their customers the option of
providing garage heat to the new homebuyer. In fact, when given the
option by the builder, the homebuyer will almost always choose to have
the contractor insulate the garage along with the rest of the home
during the construction phase. In addition, when given the option, the
homebuyer will at least opt for a gas line connection and/or the
necessary electrical connections to handle a heating appliance - with
the idea of having a heater installed later on. Now more often than
ever, a garage heater is installed during the final stages of home
construction. It's an amenity homeowners want and an extra profit
incentive for the builder. There are numerous practical reasons for
heating the garage, including mechanical maintenance, freeze control,
hobby, recreation (table tennis or exercise), pet comfort, wood working
or simply to be able to climb inside a warm car on a bitter cold day.
For men more than women, the garage is a sanctuary - a place to get
away, tinker around and do minor repairs. For women and stay at home
moms, it can be a haven for exercise or simply a place to send the kids
to bounce a ball or play games. Many homeowners even go to great lengths
to make the garage feel like the dwelling space of the home by
installing recessed lighting, closed cabinet storage and even a sink.
Painting the walls and floors and adding a little decorating touch can
also make the garage a more inviting - a place where anyone would want
to spent more time.
For existing homeowners as
well, there seems to be an increased interest in upgrading and improving
the "livability" of the garage. One reason is that home prices have
risen sharply across the nation, making a move into a larger home
impratical or unobtainable for many families. Rather than moving up to
larger homes, many choose to stay put and maximize the use of the space
in their existing home. In these cases, a small investment in upgrades
to the garage is quite practical, especially when considering the cost
of a new mortgage and associated costs of relocating. A heated,
climatized garage can provide just that little extra room to spread out
and make the garage useful year-round.
One of the major concerns
people might have with heating their garage is cost. The good news is
there are numerous ways to heat a garage to fit almost any budget.
Options include gas forced air (unit heaters), electric forced air,
direct vent wall heaters, infra-red tube heaters and vent free heaters.
As for operational cost, the
most practical thing the homeowner can do is insulate. Insulate well!
That's easier to do prior to sheet rocking the walls, but even glued on
foam or blue board can make a dramatic difference in cutting down heat
loss. In addition, an inexpensive door seal (available from most garage
door suppliers) can cut down on infiltration of cold air from the
outside around the perimeter of the overhead garage door. Also, any
leaks from man doors and windows to the outside should be sealed. A well
insulated garage can cut heat loss by at least 90% compared to an
uninsulated garage. This means that your heater will not need to run all
that often to maintain comfort and the cost to operate can be just
pennies a day.
Regardless of one's reasons
for adding heat to the garage, there are now a host of practical and
affordable heating solutions to do it. We specialize in garage heating.
We can be very helpful in sizing and recommending a system suited to the
homeowners specific requirements.