Most homeowners use their garage as more than just a parking space for their car. This additional area in the house is good for storing additional items, such as a hobby or entertainment room, and even as a home gym. This is why it would be beneficial if they could keep this part of the house warm during the winter.
In places where winter is mild, you may not need to consider additional ways to heat your garage if it is built to withstand all four seasons. However, if you live further north where the winters are harsh and very cold, you may find your garage freezing at this time of year.
The fact is, even if you’re not using the garage for any additional purpose, your car or anything you’ve stored needs to be kept warm when temperatures drop. Of course, your main use or purpose for your garage will dictate what kind of heating options you should consider, especially if you will be spending more time there.
Not all options for heating or keeping your garage warm require something great. Sometimes it is also enough to look and improve the construction of the garage itself. In detail, here are some easy steps you can take.
1. Check the walls and floor
The materials used during construction will determine its performance in cold weather. In addition, the wrong materials will even disable any heating. For example, most garages have concrete floors and studded open walls, which, unfortunately, is not the best if you want a warm place to hang out during the winter. It will be difficult to keep it warm and you will have to spend a lot of money on heating.
2. Install proper insulation
Despite the wrong materials on the walls, you can make up for it by insulating it and the ceiling. There are a few options to use depending on how you want to use your garage. There are insulation blocks as well as blown insulation that you can install between the wall studs. On top, you can use plywood, drywall or other types of panels. If you plan to use the space for longer periods of time or as a living room, then blown insulation is the best option. It is energy efficient and has a higher R-value compared to foam rolls or blocks.
Even if you don’t use your garage much, insulating it makes sense to prevent drafts. It will also prevent the garage from losing the heat it uses.
3. Improve the soil
In many cases, the original concrete flooring in garages is typically left as is because updating it will be a waste of money. However, as more and more people use it for other purposes, it becomes necessary to change it as concrete floors get very cold and cause the heating to not work. If you plan to keep the garage as warm as the rest of your home, you should go for hardwood floors, otherwise carpet tiles or rugs might suffice. If you don’t really need to heat it up, you can use a huge rug to cover cold concrete during the winter.
4. Opt for a little heating
To really keep the garage nice and warm in the cold season, you will need to use a heater, although there are a couple of options you can opt for. The best option is to have a directly vented gas heater on the ceiling or wall of your garage, but it would also mean that you need to have adequate ventilation. Otherwise, the fumes will be dangerous.
A simpler but also effective option is the mounted electric garage heater. They are capable of keeping even large garages warm during the winter. Although it must be installed permanently, it will keep the space warm enough to even turn your garage into a living space.
For an energy efficient option, electric radiant ceiling panels are recommended. However, you should limit its use only above your workspace.
There are heating options that are also used more frequently, although, in reality, they are not that great. For example, the portable gas heater will mean that you will inhale the gas vapors. Also, the moisture produced by the heater will cause the garage to fill with condensation. Electric heaters are also not that recommended because they are not as effective for heating a huge garage.
5. Check your garage door
Any heat you install will not work if your garage door lets out heat and cold air. But…