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Garage Heating Options
#1397094 Sat Feb 13 2021 03:34 PM
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Okay, this winter has me looking at heating options for my garage. It's an insulated attached garage approximately 20' by 24'. My home is heated with natural gas and of course electricity is readily available. It doesn't have to be heated to 70 degrees, but 50 to 60 degrees would be a huge improvement.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397115 Sat Feb 13 2021 05:01 PM
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I installed a Comfort Zone 5000 watt heater in December. My garage is 20X24 and Two of the walls are not insulated. I also just insulated the garage door which really hellped. When it's 30 degrees outside I can turn it on and wait about an hour and it's 50 degrees which is about where I keep the thermostate. Great little unit for under $100.

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Last edited by olezippi; Sat Feb 13 2021 05:04 PM.

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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397116 Sat Feb 13 2021 05:03 PM
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What about one of those split system, Mitsubishi is one brand. On my gas furnace, the heat ducks go out the bottom so had them install vents in the plenum. It is 60 degrees in there now 19 degrees outside. I keep the vent mostly shut off. I also have AC.


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397124 Sat Feb 13 2021 05:35 PM
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The rare occasion I have to work in the garage during the winter I spot heat with propane heaters. I have a two head on a 100 lb. bottle and a single head on a 30 lb. bottle. I'd have to plug a LOT of holes to make it pay to heat the whole thing.


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397131 Sat Feb 13 2021 06:34 PM
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Depends on how much you are going to use garage with heat? A electric heater will heat the space but is expensive for electricity but the heater as above is a good price but if your in there say 100 days using it then you will pay a lot for electricity.in the long run a gas heater or propane would be more of a savings.I have a old oil furnace that will need to be replaced it served well I only use it when the weather is not like today -29 when I woke up I did heat the garage for a full winter and it was about the same price as turning it on and off when I was not in there using it as it cost more in fuel to heat it up rather than to keep the temperature constant.


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397134 Sat Feb 13 2021 06:49 PM
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Since you already have gas available, one of these [supplyhouse.com] would work well. It's probably got enough capacity to get the garage nice and toasty even in the coldest weather. Not the cheapest option to purchase, but would likely be cheaper to operate than an electric heater in the long run.
You'd need to run an exhaust vent out thru a wall, and gas piping to it. If you were to use any type of portable propane or natural gas heater, you need to be careful about the combustion products building up inside the garage. Also a floor mounted heater is in the danger zone to ignite any gasoline or other explosive vapors that settle near the floor.
If you give me the insulation thicknesses of the walls, ceiling and the garage door, along with door dimensions, I could run a heat loss estimate for you to size a heater to get to your 60F inside. Would need your location (closest big city) for outside design temperature also. It's what I used to do for a living.

Split system heat pumps don't put out much heat when it's frigid outside, but if you also need AC, that's an option. But you'd probably need supplemental heat in the coldest weather.

Another consideration with an electric heater is that you need to have the service size to support it. If it's going to suck enough amps to overload your service, that's going to get expensive.

Last edited by klhansen; Sat Feb 13 2021 06:58 PM.

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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397136 Sat Feb 13 2021 07:03 PM
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The Comfort Zone electric heater I put up only gets used 1 or 2 times a week and no more than 2 to 4 hours each time. I see very little difference in the bill. I guess if I was to keep it on all the time the bill would be more than I would want to pay. Its fine for my use but maybe not for others.


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397193 Sun Feb 14 2021 02:11 AM
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Thanks for all the information you guys. Give me some time to digest it and I'll probably have more questions. At this point, I think my use of garage heat would be very similar to olezippi's. Kevin, I'll get that info to you and see what you come up with.

Thanks again,


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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397216 Sun Feb 14 2021 05:31 AM
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It's not for everyone but I heat the shop and house 100% with hydronic outdoor wood fired boiler. I've seen them occasionally for sale used. Even if you have to buy firewood, it's still cheaper than natural gas. That small of an area can be heated to a comfortable level rather easily.


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Last edited by 48bigtrucks; Sun Feb 14 2021 06:35 PM.

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Re: Garage Heating Options
HandyAndy #1397228 Sun Feb 14 2021 01:47 PM
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Living in Upstate NY working in a cold workshop or garage never went well with my Virginia childhood. I have an electric heater, a propane salamander, a woodstove and lastly I
installed a Mr. Heater 55K natural gas hanging heater. The natural gas is way to go. Set the thermostat to 50 and turn up when you go in. I like the smell of wood and burn regularly. I paid around 600
for the gas heater at Menards. Was a little strange hearing Kevin mention the Modine heater as grew up in Buena Vista Va where a Modine factory is and Modine was a huge factory in a small town.
Whatever you heat with do it safely. Good luck and have fun
Dan

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