When it does get cold in Houston, it can get really cold. One of the last places you would think about heat is your garage unless you turned it into a living space. Yet many homeowners do tend to use their garage in more than one way, from a workshop to a gym and of course, storing their vehicles. Even if that is the only reason, who wants to step into a cold garage from a warm house? That is why we are going to give you some garage heating tips.
Garage Heating Tips
Get a Heater
Yes, getting a heater sounds like an obvious answer, until you think about it. Depending on what you store in your garage, you may not want your traditional combustion heater that uses propane or kerosene. We suggest a forced-air garage heater. A forced-air garage heater moves air past a heating element warming the surrounding air; then the hot air rises away from the heater. These garage heaters are best for enclosed spaces and are similar to a forced air heating system in a home. They are easy to use and install, with heating levels set by an adjustable thermostat, and louvers to adjust the direction of heat.
You could also consider an infrared garage heater. Infrared heaters deliver radiate heat rather than using a conventional blower fan. An infrared heater may be the best heater for a garage if you use it for a workshop or crafting area. Infrared heaters don’t raise dust or keep dust airborne.
Insulate the Garage Door
Your garage door can take up a large space on the outside of your home and takes the brunt of the cold weather. Because of this, having insulated garage doors or insulating your current garage door will help keep the warm air in and the cold air out. A garage door insulation kit is an easy and effective way to block this heat from traveling through the door. You can find a wide variety of garage door insulation kits online.
Repair Or Replace the Weatherstripping.
The function of weatherstrips is to create a seal for the garage and garage door opening. If your garage door has old, dirty, and worn weatherstripping, this does not provide adequate sealing to hold the warmth inside. A simple replacement of weatherstripping will ensure more heat is contained in your garage. Remember, however, that you always need to install enough new weatherstripping to ensure that the garage door closes properly.
Insulate Your Garage Walls
Insulating your garage door is only going to help so far if the garage walls are not insulated as well. If your studs are still exposed, add fiberglass batt insulation in each stud space. Cover the walls in either drywall or plywood.
Fix Garage Door Issues
If your garage door has come off track, or the panels have been dented, you will want to repair your garage door as soon as possible. Otherwise, you are letting the cold air into your garage unnecessarily. If you are in the Houston area, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC can repair your garage door, oftentimes on the same day! Call to schedule your appointment and don’t let cold air blow into your garage.