The cold can be pretty ruthless and daunting and to heat a detached garage is more challenging than heating an attached garage.
But it is essential that you keep your garage warm in the cold months so that your vehicle engines do not freeze and you can use the spare space as an extension of your living area.
Here are some pointers to help you heat a detached garage:
Garage Size and Insulation
The garage size affects the heat circulation. The height of the detached garage is also a factor to be considered. Therefore, with a greater height of the garage, space becomes cooler.
For reducing the chill in your garage you will need to insulate it so that the existing heat does not escape. For this insulation material can be installed in the walls. Loose-fill stuff can be inserted in the cavities of the garage walls for insulation.
You can also dry-wall your garage walls.
Insulating the Garage Door
The door of your garage needs to be installed with insulating materials like the weather-strip seal. This will provide insulation once you close the door.
Insulation can be provided by using a bottom seal as well as a weather-strip seal so that the garage doors are sealed from all sides.
Along with weather-stripping and other forms of seals you can use insulation boards so that the door of your garage is properly insulated. Such boards include materials like foam which is most common of its type. Other than foam you may also use polyisocyanurate, polystyrene or polyurethane.
Insulation for Detached Garage Ceiling
Do not overlook the function of the ceiling when the question arises of insulation of your garage. It will require expert intervention, ceiling insulation being a complex affair involving ventilation and wiring.
In cases of detached garages which only have a roof and is bereft of a ceiling, you may need to make space for an attic. This you can do by constructing a ceiling out of drywall.
Portable convection heaters operate by heating the air. The air flows through the machine and it gets warmed by the electrical plates, ceramic discs or coils which are heated.
These heaters just need to be plugged in wherever required. They can effectively heat a small or medium space. Some models that have fans built in them can spread the heat over a wider area.
Forced Air Heaters
For an enclosed space forced air heaters are the best option and are easy for installation and usage. It is an efficient way to heat the entire garage.
Portable models of electric heaters are efficient as well as easy for usage. Electric heaters don’t emit hazardous gases or consume oxygen and thus are safer to operate.
Portable Gas Heaters
These portable gas heaters use propane as the fuel for heating and are inexpensive as well. But they do consume oxygen giving out harmful gases that include carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Propane fuelled heaters burn with an open flame and thus can be hazardous to life and property. This problem doesn’t occur if propane cylinders are used.
Infrared heaters provide heat instantly and thus are very efficient. It disseminates heat energy by flooding with infrared rays. Most of these heaters are portable.
One disadvantage of this heater is that it allows only spot heating and does not spread the warmth over a wide area.
Over To You
There are two main things to consider while you try to heat a detached garage. Firstly, you need to insulate the walls properly including the door and the ceiling. Secondly, choose a proper heater that suits your budget and need. A portable heater is always preferred. Convection or forced air heaters are the most suitable.
Now that you know the basics, it is time for you to make the effort to heat your detached garage.