Published at Saturday, August 11th, 2018 - 05:23:19 AM. Garage. By steven.
To help size the shop heater and estimate monthly energy costs, consult manufacturers and dealers. Most residential garages require heaters with a capacity of 30,000 or 45,000 Btu. Your heater size depends on the garage’s square footage, ceiling height and insulation, so don’t guess. And don’t oversize your heater—especially if you intend to leave it on (even at a reduced temperature) all winter. An oversize unit heater cycles too often and wastes energy. If you have an attached garage, mount the thermostat on the common wall between the garage and the house and away from the heated airflow. In a detached garage, mount it on the wall below the heater.
So bite the bullet and buy a ceiling-mounted, forced-air unit heater thats rated for residential use (building inspectors won’t OK an industrial unit in a residential garage). Plan to spend $500 to $650, plus the cost of professional installation. Advanced DIYers can install a natural gas garage heater, which involves gas lines, venting and electrical work. But don’t skip the permits and inspections for a natural gas garage heater. An improper installation of a natural gas garage heater can kill you. Check with the inspector to see if installing a natural gas garage heater is even legal in your area to perform your own gas hookups.
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