It’s entirely possible to heat an attached garage, but before deciding on a system to use, it helps to take into account how you plan to use your garage and how often you’ll use this investment. By working with an HVAC contractor, you can refine your decision.
The least expensive fuel in the greater Kansas area for heating is natural gas, followed by propane. You can find electric heaters, but unless you opt for a ductless mini-split heat pump, electric heating is the most expensive way to heat your home.
If you plan to use your garage frequently during the heating season, a radiant, infrared system will have a higher payoff in lower energy costs and greater comfort. Infrared heaters emit heat slowly and give the objects in your room time to warm up. A forced-air system warms the air, so objects have less time to absorb the heat. It takes longer for infrared systems to warm a garage, but once at the temperature you prefer, radiant heat can increase comfort.
Gas forced-air systems cost less than infrared systems at first, but over time, the former will cost more in fuel consumption. If you don’t plan to use your garage often or won’t be opening the overhead door often, a forced-air system can keep you comfortable.
If using a combustible fuel isn’t an option to heat your attached garage, consider a ductless mini-split system. These heat pumps are easy to install, don’t require much space and are energy efficient. If you work on a lot of wood finishing projects, you may find that a gas-powered infrared system creates a more suitable work environment, since it radiates heat rather than blowing it around.
Insulation and Air Sealing
Improving your wall and attic insulation and sealing any air leaks can reduce the size of whatever system you choose and keep energy consumption low.
For more information about the best way to heat an attached garage, contact Overland Park Heating & Cooling, Inc. We’ve been providing top-notch HVAC services for Greater Kansas City homeowners since 1983.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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