Your garage can turn into an unpleasant and cold work area during the winter season. For some homeowners, especially those who do not own a car or prefer to park it in the driveway, a garage is more than just an area where cars can be parked.
Many homeowners use it as a gaming room, a laundry area, a stock room, or for many other activities. This is a common scenario in many households because a garage has become more than a convenient area where homeowners can simply dump or store items that are not needed inside the house.
Since a garage can be used as an extension of your house, it needs to stay as a comfortable work area especially during the winter season. This can be done by installing a heater that can help keep your garage warm during the winter. There are several types of heaters that can be used, but a natural-gas enabled heater or a propane heater is recommended by more homeowners as it is cleaner, safer, and more convenient to use.
Before installing a garage heater, it is highly advisable to consult with a garage heater expert and use their services to get your heater installed as well. An expert knows how to install a garage heater correctly and has all the required tools to complete the task quickly and safely.
Below are some of the considerations in installing a garage heater.
1. Identify the appropriate size of the heater
Before deciding to buy one. It is important to check the heater’s specifications to the Btu output per square foot. A heater can come in two different sizes
A 45,000 Btu heater and a 75,000 Btu heater. A smaller heater is ideal for use in small spaces, up to 700 square feet, while the larger ones should be used for bigger garage areas, up to 1,000 square feet.
2. Determine its proper installation location
The location where to install a heater is also an important consideration. For heaters that have a blower, it is recommended to install them near the ceiling of your garage for optimum air flow. The upper area, specifically the corner, far from the main garage door, is an ideal spot. Venting must also be considered when looking for the best spot where your garage heater should be installed. Make sure to go through the manufacturer’s manual or specifications carefully prior to installation. Some heaters can vent through the wall or roof. If you decide to vent through the wall, make sure that the horizontal vent is between 3 to 5 feet long.
3. Gas line and the disconnect switch
This step should be performed only by a contractor who has had years of experience in handling gas installations and electrical set ups. The set up must be done following the manufacturer’s manual or guidelines. Some contractors may recommend having a disconnect switch installed. The said heater disconnect switch is like a light switch, which is installed on the wall near the unit. Installing a gas line will normally cost around $400, and an additional $300 is needed for the wiring, electrical, and disconnect switch installation.
4. Make sure that the heater is properly installed and supported
A professional garage heater installer would know how to install a heater correctly. Using plywood may be required for additional support or to ensure that the heater is properly installed through the wall.
5. Cut an opening for the venting
Identifying the size of the hole is the first step here. The horizontal venting should lean upward for about ¼ inches per 1 foot of run. Measure the distance between the heater and the middle of the vent. Then get the distance between the wall and the vent.
6. Add insulation
Insulation is important as this will help make the heater energy efficient. This allows a homeowner to save some money. An experienced garage heater installer will be able to set up proper insulation in your garage based on two important factors
the R-value and heat transfer.
7. Connect the thermostat to the heater
Using the manufacturer’s manual, connect the thermostat to the heater using the available wires. The thermostat should not be placed in an area where it will be directly hit by the heater’s fan. After this, you can test and use it as needed.