Category: Garage |  By Rick Stoddard

Heating a Non-Insulated Garage

Garages can provide shelter for cars as well as extra storage for tools, outdoor items, and miscellaneous things. A garage can also be a space to work on hobbies such as fixing up cars, completing larger-scale or messy projects, or refinishing furniture.

In warmer weather, it’s not a problem to spend time in your garage but as colder months are around the corner this could require a heat source to make performing work and other tasks in the garage more comfortable for an extended period of time.

Here are some steps to bringing heat into your uninsulated garage space

Start by measuring the space

You want to measure the width, length, and height of the garage. Multiply the length times the width and then multiply the result of this by the height. This will give you the total cubic feet area of space that you are trying to heat.

Find the right heater

Now that you know the total amount of space you need to heat you want to find a heater that can do the job expected of it. Luckily there are electric garage heaters made specifically for this task. The best plan of approach is to ask a retailer if they carry garage heaters and have them help you figure out the appropriate heater for the amount of space you need heated. A garage that is 5760 ft.³ for example will need an electric heater rated at 28,000 BTUs per hour or 8200 W.

Hanging or positioning the heater in the garage

Once you are sure you have a heater that is capable of making your garage space comfortable you will want to secure it in the desired location. Often this is near to the area you plan to be working on projects during cold weather. Make sure that you look for directions on the heating unit itself for best installation practices.

A ceiling-hung wall heater will require the installation of brackets and could require the installation of its own specified electrical outlet.

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Don’t be afraid to hire professional help

Another great source of information is a skilled professional electrician. If your garage does not have a source to plug in your electric heater readily available you will want to call in an electrician anyway. You do not want to do this job on your own beyond making sure you have a heater that can handle heating your entire garage by purchasing one from a store and then mounting it properly and plugging it in.

Any electrical work beyond purchasing an appliance and plugging it in should only be the work of a licensed electrician as there are many safety issues at play. An electrician cannot only give advice on the best heater for heating your garage, but they can also help you to install it properly.

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