A garage is a room with many possibilities. Whether it’s used as a workshop, a playroom, a storage space, or simply a place to park cars, a garage adds significant value to your home. In the Missouri winters, though, an unheated garage can be uninviting. If you want to reclaim your garage during the winter, the good news is that there are multiple options for keeping it warm. Here are a few ways to take your garage from cold to cozy.
If you have a smaller garage or only need temporary heat, you may want to consider a space heater. Space heaters are great because they don’t have to be permanently installed, which can save you a lot of money upfront. Plus, space heaters can move anywhere that there’s an outlet, meaning that you can enjoy targeted heating wherever you are in your garage.
The downside of space heaters is that they tend to be inefficient and typically take a long time to heat a larger space. Plus, you’re limited by outlet placement. If there aren’t any outlets where you’re working, you’ll need to run an extension cord or power strip, which could get cumbersome or even dangerous.
To heat a larger area, one great option is a ductless system from Bone Heating & Cooling. Since they don’t require any ductwork to be installed, ductless systems offer quick and easy installation and lower upfront costs than a central HVAC system. Another great benefit of a ductless system is that it can provide both heating and cooling capabilities, meaning that you can improve the comfort of your garage year-round. Plus, ductless systems utilize heat pump technology to heat the air, making them exceptionally efficient.
In-Floor Radiant Heating
For the ultimate garage-heating option, it’s hard to beat in-floor radiant heating. Since this type of heating has to be installed in the floor material itself, installing in-floor heating will need to be done when you’re renovating your garage. Once it’s installed, though, in-floor heating will help keep you quite comfortable when you’re working in your garage for long periods of time. Plus, since heat rises, you may be able to heat your entire garage using only this heating system. If you have an especially large garage, the pros at Bone Heating & Cooling recommend that you split your in-floor heating system into zones to make the most efficient use of energy.
Insulate the Space
Part of the problem of heating a garage is that any heat that’s produced escapes outside quickly. However, if you take the time to insulate your garage, this problem will be a thing of the past. Start by installing batt insulation in the wall cavities of any unfinished walls. If the ceiling is exposed, you can use spray foam insulation to keep heat from escaping through the roof. Ultimately, if you’re able to insulate your garage properly, it will essentially become an extension of your living space, meaning that you won’t have to worry as much if the door from the garage to the rest of your house is left open.
For quick and long-lasting heat, you may want to consider an infrared heater from Bone Heating & Cooling. Since these heaters don’t heat the entire volume of air in a room, they’re quite efficient at heating large spaces. This makes them perfect for garages of all sizes. Typically, it’s best to install an infrared heater in a central overhead location in your garage. For increased heating and to help prevent cold spots, you can install an infrared heating unit at each end of your garage. One of the best features of infrared heaters is that they provide instant heat, meaning that you only need to run them when you’re actually in your garage.
We’re Happy to Assist You
At Bone Heating & Cooling, we want to make as much of your home as comfortable as possible. That’s why we’re happy to assist customers in Festus, Missouri, with various home comfort services, such as repairing, maintaining, and installing air conditioners and furnaces, cleaning and repairing ductwork, installing and maintaining fireplaces, and maintaining and installing water heaters. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau attests to our integrity and commitment to quality customer service. It’s this commitment that has allowed us to grow since our founding more than 40 years ago. To learn more about options for heating your garage, contact us at Bone Heating & Cooling today.