Heat Up a Cold Garage
LESLIE: Listening in Ohio is Michael, who finds the show on WTOD. What can we do about your garage?
MICHAEL: Love the show, guys. We’ve got an unattached garage without any insulation. And we’re looking for a way to heat it this winter, just to get garage work, car work and stuff done. What’s the best way to do that?
TOM: Well, the best thing to do would be to put in a space heater that’s permanently vented. If you go to shops – for example, you often see these, for example, in auto shops – where they hang from the ceiling, yet they have a vent that goes up through the roof space and is vented to the outside. Those types of heaters are permanently installed, yet designed for a chilly space like a garage. They have a big fan that blows heat down but they’re permanently vented. You’ll need to run a gas line to it and you’ll need to have the vent run up through the roof. But that’s going to give you the most heat …
LESLIE: What about just basic electric convection sort of space heaters that look like baseboards that you just plug in? Can you not use those?
TOM: Ah, you know what? You can do it but it’s so darn cold in the garage. I just think that you’ll be spending a lot more money on electricity. Electric heat’s the most expensive type. So I would put in a permanently one that hangs from the ceiling and this way, it’ll be nice and toasty whenever you want to work in it and you can just shut it off when you go back in the house.
MICHAEL: Yeah, I should look into one of those. It’s a great idea. Love the show, guys. Thanks.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.