What to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Garage Heater

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It gets cold in Minnesota, and if you work in a garage, you know that without heat, a garage in sub-freezing temperatures is not much more than a lean-to. However, there are some choices to make before installing a new garage heater, as we’ll explain below. How Big Is Your Garage? Installing a garage heater that can’t effectively heat your entire garage space pretty much negates installing one in the first place. As such, the first thing to do is assess what is known as heat range, which is the amount of square feet that needs to be heated in your garage. Heaters should be labeled with this information, but if it’s not, your installation technician can do the calculation for you. Fuel Types There are two main fuel choices when it comes to garage heaters: natural gas (or propane) and electricity. Both can heat your garage effectively, but each has its own advantages. Gas garage heaters can heat spaces that are both small and large; some gas heaters can heat spaces up to 4,500 square feet. Gas fuel can also be less costly in the long run. Electric garage heaters are best for spaces 500 square feet and under as they are not as effective in larger spaces. Because electric heaters don’t use fossil fuels, they can be easily relocated and have very high efficiency ratings. Working with a trained expert can help you determine which fuel type is best for your needs. Features to Consider There are a number of features that can come with garage heaters; some may be included with the model you choose, some may need to be added. Safety features are always included with garage heaters, including finger-proof grilles and shut-off safety controls. Other types of features include:
  • Fans
  • Portability
  • Mounting brackets
  • Adjustable thermostats
Don’t let our Minnesota winter turn your garage space into an igloo. Call Air Mechanical, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for garage heating installation in Blaine.

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