If you’re like millions of Americans, your garage is not just a place where you park your cars. It’s become an extension of your home – a workshop, office, home gym, laundry room or playroom. But it’s also a huge, drafty space, usually with inferior insulation, and cut off from the heating system that keeps your home comfortable and warm when the weather gets cold.
That’s why, if you spend much time in your garage, you have or are considering getting a garage heater to keep it warm through the winter.
NewAir is pleased to offer three different electric garage heaters designed to meet your specific needs. Compact in size, but packing considerable heating power, these heaters are the perfect solution to warming up your drafty garage.
While electric heaters are always efficient – nearly 100% of the energy they used is converted into heat – you can help maximize that efficiency to help save you money on your electricity bills.
If you spend a lot of time in your garage during the winter, spend some time to prepare it properly so that heat says inside and the cold stays out.
Wall insulation: Experts recommend 4 to 6 inches of insulation in your garage. There are various varieties to choose from, depending on how extensive a project you want to undertake. Batting or spray insulation fills the spaces between the wall studs to keep heat inside (or out, in the summer).
Garage door insulation: Even if the walls of your garage are insulated, your garage door probably isn’t. Since it takes up a whole wall of the space, it has the potential to let a lot of heat leak out. Special insulation kits for garage doors are available with polystyrene sheets or spun fiberglass, and are easy enough to install on your own.
Weather stripping: Just like inside, you want to add weather stripping to the windows and doors of your garage to keep warm air from leaking out. Don’t forget the weather stripping for the garage door too. Check old weather stripping each year to make sure it’s not cracked and worn.
Seal the gaps: Pipes, vents, sockets and other openings often have gaps around them that you can seal with caulking or expanding foam insulation.
When you take the time to make sure your garage is properly insulated and weatherproofed, then your heater won’t have to work so hard to keep it warm – and that means lower electricity costs.
When it comes to safety, NewAir’s electric garage heaters have a big advantage over gas and propane fueled heaters, which exhaust dangerous fumes into the air. Gas heaters also operate with increased fire risk since they require an actual flame to create heat.
Electric garage heaters, on the other hand, are built with a heating coil enclosed entirely within a solid metal housing, and they feature automatic overheat detection that shuts off the power if they start to get too hot. That means your home and family will be safer from the start.
Basic safety guidelines are fairly common sense:
- Don’t touch the grilles or sides of the heater when it is operating
- Keep combustible materials (curtains, papers, clothes, flammable liquids, etc.) away from the heather, at least 3 feet.
- Don’t block the grilles, or put anything inside it
- Don’t operate it where it might fall into water