How to Heat a Garage Efficiently
LESLIE: Fred in Michigan, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
FRED: I just built a new house and it’s got a 1,400-square-foot garage that’s well-insulated. Because I live up here in Northern Michigan, I’m wondering how I can heat it efficiently.
TOM: Well, the best way to heat that unheated garage is with a vented ceiling heater; you know, one of these big heaters that hangs in the ceiling. Basically it works just like a regular furnace in that it has a heat exchanger and has a fan that blows air over the heat exchanger. So the fuel, the gas combustion, stays inside the heat exchanger and goes through a vent pipe – usually a class B vent; goes up through the roof and out and away and then the fan blows over it. I would definitely not recommend an unvented propane heater and the electric heaters are just going to cost you an arm and a leg to run. So if you want to heat the garage and use it on a regular basis, I would put in a vented ceiling heater and do it right.
FRED: OK. Well, that sounds – answers my question. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Fred. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.