Buying a Garage Heater
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Buying a Garage Heater
The things to consider when buying a garage heater are as follows:
What is the available heat source in your garage?
Because of the items usually found in garages such as wood or paint, it’s recommended to stick with either natural gas or electric garage heaters.
If trying to determine between the 2, review the cost. Take a look at utility prices and consider how often you may be putting your garage heater to work. Natural gas can be the more cost-efficient option if you have access to this within your garage.
If you don’t have natural gas access, an electric garage heater may be the way to go. An electric heater is usually the least intrusive option since it can be mounted on the ceiling, creating more usable space for whatever your garage is used for.
Make sure to check the power requirements on this one. The last thing you need is to buy a garage heater that isn’t compatible with the voltage you have in your garage.
Choose The Correct BTU When Buying A Garage Heater
British Thermal Unit (BTU) is the energy unit used to describe how quickly the temperature can be raised in a certain space.
To calculate what BTU you’ll require based on the size and ceiling height of your garage, check out this handy BTU Calculator and start talking garage-heater-talk. Generally, 50,000 BTUs are needed to heat a 3-car garage or a new generously sized workshop.
Always Safety First
If your Saskatoon home is set up for easy access to natural gas, it’s likely you have adequate ventilation for a gas-burning heater.
You should review what’s in your garage and who uses it. Is it accessible to pets and children? Is there a lot of dust?
If you’re working in a dusty space, an electric garage heater may be a better option. They require minimal maintenance, unlike a gas heater which will require deeper cleaning to the air vents, motor and burner to remove any fire hazards like dust and debris.
A ceiling-mounted unit means the burner is further out of reach, providing more safety.
What is the noise level of the Garage Heater
Talk to JOB Heating and Air Conditioning about your garage specs before you purchase. You may have thought you’ve found the perfect match…until you have your heater installed and find it sounds like a jet engine taking off.
If you’re going to be making excessive noise anyway, or the garage is a place for your budding rock band to practice, maybe you don’t need to worry about sound disturbance.
Consider your Garage’s Environment
Every garage is slightly different. You may have an older home with less insulation in your walls and windows or maybe a door or two that aren’t sealed properly. This will affect what your new garage heater is truly capable of.
Not only that, but our fierce Saskatchewan winters can make our garage heaters work very hard, so make sure it’s capable of achieving the temperature you’re after.
It’s typically best to play it safe and buy a garage heater with slightly more power (BTUs) than you may deem necessary.
Before buying a garage heater, please contact JOB Heating & Air Conditioning, we will you figure out what you need.
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