Warming a cold garage can be easily accomplished by adding an electric garage heater. If you have also been struggling in a cold garage with less than acceptable results, consider installing a fixed electric heater with thermostat on a dedicated 240 volt circuit.
Some years ago I got tired of trying to work on the car or on my woodworking projects while wearing gloves and a winter coat. I first tried to warm my garage by using a small portable plug-in unit (the Turbo model!), but it only provided enough heat if I stood right in front of it. The next year I switched to a kerosene heater, but it was slow to heat the space and had to be refilled and cleaned regularly so I stopped using it. Neither of my first two choices worked out well for me and maybe you are having the same type of problems with your solutions.
Remember that an electric heater begins warming any space immediately and is 100 % efficient; all of the electricity is turned into heat or fan power so none is wasted. Fan-forced electric garage heaters come in many sizes and styles, are inexpensive to buy and easy to operate. With a thermostat to control the heater, you can have a very convenient and cost effective solution to the problem. They also require almost no maintenance and can heat areas where other heating solutions, such as natural gas, might be difficult to install, expensive, or impractical. Finally, there is also no need to worry about fumes or carbon monoxide poisoning from propane, kerosene, or other burning fuels as the source of heat.
Electric garage heaters come in both 120 volt and 240 volt models, but a 240 volt heater will usually be the better choice for this application. The rating for each heater is given in Watts — such as 2,000 or 4,000 — and it takes more power (Amps X Volts = Watts) to run the higher wattage heaters. A 240 volt model will heat faster initially than a 120 volt model. A smaller wattage heater may not be strong enough for fully warming a cold garage, so if you decide to go with 120 volts you might need to buy and install more than one unit.
If you don’t already have a 240 volt outlet in your garage, or if it isn’t in the right location for your new heater, we’ll be glad to take care of that for you. Contact us today to decide on a convenient time and we’ll send a professional electrician to do the work for you. You’ll be sure it’s wired correctly and in accordance with all codes, and won’t lose any sleep worrying about safety issues.
Don’t struggle with the low temperatures this winter, let Frye Electric help you with warming a cold garage. You deserve it!