Infrared heater
Posted by: admin on December 17, 2015
We’re gearing up for another GTA winter – one that forecasters are predicting will have prolonged periods when temperatures are well below normal. And when you factor in the Southern Ontario winds, it means we’re in store for some pretty frigid days and nights! However, if you’re a self-admitted “gear head” with a passion for working on your car or bike year ‘round, or if you’re hoping to hibernate in your garage-turned-man cave, then you certainly aren’t going to let a wind chill warning stand in your way. Below, we highlight 3 ways you can SAFELY keep your garage warm and cozy all winter:

1. Infrared Heaters
Infrared heaters are an inexpensive, easy-to-install heating option that doesn’t require venting via flue (like a fireplace or wood stove). Plus, the quiet operation makes them ideal if you want to watch TV while staying warm.

However, keep in mind that while you don’t need a blower fan, infrared heaters emit steam – which is actually a good thing in the dry winter air; unless you have a wood shop, in which case this may not be the safest option.

2. Sealed Combustion Space Heaters
A sealed combustion space heater might do the trick if your home is heated with natural gas. The heater is installed on an exterior wall, pulls in fresh air, heats it, and exhausts stale air outside. There are many different sizes available, and much like an air conditioner, you’ll need to pick the model that has enough BTUs to heat your garage.

3. Electric Radiant Ceiling Panels
Many auto repair shops use electric radiant ceiling panels in winter, and they can also be found in some skating rinks and arenas. The panels are mounted to the ceiling or wall, or can be held in a suspended ceiling grid. Like infrared heaters, the quiet operation makes them a good choice if you enjoy watching TV in your garage.

How NOT to Heat Your Garage this Winter
Given the potential safety hazards, how NOT to heat your garage this winter is even more important. So with that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of what you should avoid doing:

Don’t extend your home’s duct network into your garage.
Don’t use portable heaters that use propane, oil, kerosene or electricity. (Note: the latter of these may be acceptable for a short-term heating need, like warning your garage up so you can de-ice your windshield and replace your wipers, but it’s not a safe heating solution for prolonged periods of time.)

Don’t use wood stoves without first checking with your insurance company and your municipality — either or both of whom may tell you to forget the idea!

A Final Garage Warming Tip
A significant factor in whether your garage is warm and cozy this winter – or a space that you want to spend as little time in as possible – is whether your garage door is properly installed. If not, then cold drafts will definitely bring the temperature down, and can even cause ice build up.

To give your garage door a winter tune up before the temperatures plummet, contact the experts at Atlas Garage Doors today. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection, perform any required and preventative maintenance, and give you the peace of mind you need for the winter ahead.

Call us today – we’re here to help!

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