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Should Your Garage Be Climate Controlled?

If you find yourself putting off working in the garage because the temperatures are uncomfortable, it might be time to think about climate control for that space. Throughout the winter, the temperatures are more likely to be too cold to use the garage in the evenings for projects and are definitely times in the summer when it’s just too hot.

Besides your own comfort, temperatures in the garage may affect what you can do. There are products that can only be used within a certain temperature range, like paints and finishes. In the summer, an overly hot garage may not be entirely safe if you keep flammable or explosive materials inside it.

Your options to keep the garage at a comfortable temperature for working include:

  • Vented combustion heaters. Most of these heaters hang from the ceiling and vent their combustion gases to the outdoors. They are much safer than unvented heaters that rely on oxygen sensors to keep you safe. If you do use an unvented heater, crack the windows or doors to have a constant supply of fresh air and do not use the heater for more than two hours at a time.
  • Ductless mini split heat pumps. When you’d like to use the garage year-round, consider this versatile appliance. It supplies both cooled and heated air and is considered the most energy efficient way to climate control the garage and home.
  • Electric heaters. Space or baseboard heaters supply heat, although it will take them longer to warm the garage. They’re also the most expensive to use because they are far less efficient than heat pumps at delivering heated air.
  • Portable air conditioners. If you don’t plan to use the garage in the winter, consider wall or window air conditioners, or a portable unit you can move from place to place.

An HVAC expert can discuss these options in detail with you, as well as ways you can insulate the garage and seal the air leaks. To learn more, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.