Your concrete garage is likely not the warmest part of your home. Whether you use it for vehicle storage or as a workshop, stepping into or spending time in a frigid space is not a pleasant experience.
If you’ve been dealing with cold temperatures, you can keep your garage warm in a few different ways.
How to Keep Your Garage Warm in the Winter
You don’t have to deal with a freezing garage all winter long. Here are five different ways to cheaply heat your garage:
1. Space Heaters
Plugging in a space heater is a quick and easy way to keep your garage warm. Depending on your needs, you can choose from an electric heater, a gas heater or a ceiling-mounted forced-air heating unit.
Keep in mind that while portable heaters can add warmth and raise the inside temperature by a few degrees, they can take a while to heat the garage and aren’t a long-term solution. For more even heat distribution, go with the ceiling-mounted forced-air heating unit, installed at a 45-degree angle.
If your garage walls aren’t finished, it will be difficult to heat and maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Installing insulation is a relatively inexpensive way to keep your garage toasty warm and prevent the heat from transferring outside.
When installing the insulation, make sure it’s secure and snug and has no gaps. Along with wall insulation, you might want to consider installing garage door insulation with spray foam, batting or foam board.
3. Weatherstrip and Caulk
If your garage has any missing or worn weatherstripping and caulk, sealing and replacing it will help keep in the warm air and prevent heat loss. When weatherstripping and caulking your space, pay special attention to a few areas:
- Garage door frames.
This simple DIY fix can make your garage much more comfortable during the winter months.
4. Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump
While there is a higher initial cost, a ductless mini split heat pump is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat your garage. You can install it in various locations, ranging from the ceiling suspension to the floor.
Even though these heat pumps cost more upfront, they offer year-round heating and cooling while being easier to install and less expensive than heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
5. Radiant Heat Flooring
If you are renovating your existing garage or building a new one, one option to consider is radiant heat flooring. This flooring solution, even with a high upfront cost and required professional installation, offers even heat distribution. This heating solution is also versatile, allowing you to install it in the walls and ceilings.
Interested in Installing an Insulated Garage Door?
If you are looking to install a new garage door to help heat your space, Oregon City Garage Door has the residential doors you need. We have been serving Portland-area residents for over 25 years, offering a full line of aluminum, steel and wood doors.
No matter your style or needs, we can help you find the perfect match. Call us at 503-632-3070 or fill out our contact form to learn more.