Heating Your Workspace Efficiently this Winter

As winter is just around the corner, many of us are thinking about a new garage heater for our workbenches or workshops. While your options may seem overwhelming, we can highly recommend an infrared garage heater for your workshop or garage. Sure, they can help you get more use out of your workshop during the winter, but they are also an efficient and cheap way to heat a variety of areas.

Infrared garage heaters, like all infrared heaters, produce warmth via radiant heat instead of convection. By using infrared energy to warm objects in the room, radiant heaters operate similar to how the sun produces heat. Contrast this to convective heat, the style of heat usually created by common propane heaters or ceramic heaters — These warm the air in a room, which then gets circulated. This isn’t going to be your most cost-effective option when heating an uninsulated garage, for instance.

Heat at the Push of a Button

On a cold morning, you’ll be grateful for infrared heaters’ almost instantaneous heat production. At the push of a button, radiant heat can already be felt. You won’t be waiting on fans or blowers to circulate warm air throughout the room first.

As radiant heaters have a very focused area, you won’t be wasting energy heating parts of the room that aren’t needed. If you’re working in a relatively small area, you can focus the energy from your heater right where it’s needed most, with no energy being wasted in the rest of the room. And unlike convection heaters, radiant heaters avoid that stuffy feeling because they aren’t warming the air directly.

How to Fuel Your Garage Heater

Natural gas or propane typically fuel the more efficient garage heaters, which allows them to enjoy higher efficiencies than devices that run purely on electricity. Both natural gas and propane have their pros and cons, but if you’re looking for convenience, propane is probably the way to go. Propane heaters can run on the 20lb., refillable gas cylinders typically found at gas stations and convenience stores. This avoids having to lay a fuel line specifically for your heater, and allows easy install nearly anywhere.

For example, check out the F272100 Garage Heater from Mr. Heater. Giving off a maximum of 22,000 BTUs per hour, it’s also wall-mounted and thermostat controlled. This amount of heat output is perfectly capable of warming a 500-600 square foot area according to the manufacturer. A huge plus is that this unit doesn’t require an electric supply, so your installation options aren’t limited to where you can find a spare outlet!

You can even use an infrared heater to keep an outdoor walkway or loading ramp clear of snow and ice in the winter. Try doing that with a dinky electric heater!

A Final Word About Safety

It’s always best to ensure you’re buying a safe gas or propane heater for your space, so keep your ventilation in mind. It is tough to find propane heaters these days that don’t feature a low-oxygen shutoff sensor. These sensors cut down the risk of hazards caused by asphyxiation, but always read and follow manufacturer’s recommendations carefully.

If you’re looking to work through the winter in your garage or workshop, garage heaters can be a lifesaver. They are safe, provide almost instant heat, and are an affordable heating option in many different spaces. Unlike furnaces there are no furnace filters to change which can save you time and hassle.