Why Should You Consider Heating Your Garage?


One of the main causes behind damages to your house or property, in general, is the weather. Weatherproofing your house is therefore necessary—but is your home the only thing that is in danger of being ruined by extreme heat or cold? 

Those of you who live in places where the winter is harsh might have an idea of what we’re referring to. Your home isn’t the only thing that needs a proper and working heating system—your garage does too. Leaving the house becomes a difficult task, especially because your garage is freezing. Not only that, it ends up affecting the health of your car. Extremely cold temperatures will often damage your car’s battery, making it more difficult to start the car. You have to wait till everything is warm enough to get started with your day. 

Keeping this in mind, let’s look at why installing a heating system in your garage will be of use to you. 

A Few Things to Note Before Getting Started

According to Garage DIY Ideas, insulating your garage will greatly help with keeping it warm both before and after installing your heating system. Having proper heating is good, but it’s of no use if all the heat just escapes through the walls. You’ll be burning more fuel and wasting a lot of resources. 

It is crucial to make sure your garage can retain the heat that is being produced. This is why, alongside a heating system, you should also consider investing in insulating your garage. 

Why Should You Have Heating in Your Garage?

To summarize everything that we’re about to talk about in this section, installing a heating system in your garage increases the overall quality of life for you and your family. You can maintain the health of your cars and other things stored in the garage while making it a more comfortable place to walk around in; you won’t be turned into a popsicle the next time you go down there to fetch something or to leave the house. 

So, without further ado, let’s elaborate. 

Helps Regulate the Temperature of Your Home

Keeping your garage warm can help maintain the temperature inside your home. Sometimes, even with the best heating systems, certain parts of the house are much colder compared to the rest. This can be due to cold air entering the house from outside—more specifically from your garage. 

You might have insulated walls inside, but the cold from the garage will still be an issue for you. If your garage is detached from the rest of the house, then this won’t be a problem. However, most houses these days come with an attached garage that shares a wall (or walls) with the living space. 

Insulating your garage and then installing a heating system will not only reduce the amount of cold air entering the house but will also help with keeping the entire estate at a constant temperature that’s comfortable for its inhabitants. This is one of the simplest ways to make improvements to your home. 

Avoid Damage Caused by Freezing Temperatures

Earlier we mentioned that extreme temperatures can do substantial damage to your car and its systems. 

Firstly, the cold causes many chemical reactions within the car’s battery, which make it harder for it to start. Then it starts affecting the alternator (a part of the exhaust system). The alternator is an electric generator that is used to charge your battery. 

It works with the help of belts, which can become very stiff due to low temperatures—in this situation, you won’t be able to charge your car’s battery, let alone get it to start up. 

However, your car isn’t the only thing that is at risk of being damaged. Cold weather also reduces the functionality of your garage door. 

Low temperatures cause the metal parts of your garage door to contract. This is especially true in the case of the metal track which helps the door slide down. The springs on non-sliding doors can also become damaged. If you’ve ever experienced difficulties while trying to open your garage door, then this is the likely cause behind it. 

While there are numerous ways to repair your garage door, it’s better to keep the problem from happening in the first place. Keeping your garage heated and insulating the garage door and walls can easily help you stay away from this ordeal. 

Another problem that is frequently seen in unheated garages is the breaking and sometimes bursting of frozen pipes. Bursting pipes can lead to leaks or even worse, flooding. The flooding can easily destroy other appliances in your garage. Once again, it comes down to the contraction of metal due to the cold, so having a little heat will keep your pipes safe. 

It’s Easier to Renovate the Garage

A lot of people these days have been turning their garages into an extra living space. You can get very creative with such renovations and make this a place where you can relax or your kids can hang out with friends. This is why having a heating system comes in handy. 

If you do decide to live in your garage, you won’t have to worry about freezing. Even during the colder months, you can hang out there in comfort. 

Construct Yourself a Comfy Workshop or Office 

The garage has a lot of open space, which means that it’s an excellent space to construct a workshop. This can be used as a quiet office, do woodworking, or learn new hobbies. A lot of people are using their garages for multiple purposes. It is especially convenient for beginning entrepreneurs to run their small businesses from their garages.

Unfortunately, working in a freezing environment makes the work grueling and unpleasant. If you plan on working in your garage, then you should install heating so that you can carry out your work without having to endure the cold. Heating is also a good way to preserve your tools and equipment. 

Let’s say that you decide to make a painting studio in your garage. The last thing you want is for your paint to become thick and goopy due to the cold. A little bit of heat can help maintain their consistency so that you can work without worry. 

Allows You to Turn Your Garage into a Storage Area

Let’s face it, our storerooms only have so much space. Before you know it, your closet will surely become a huge, unorganized mess. From there, you will need to either shift some things to the attic or take them out to the garage. 

In our opinion, using your garage as storage is a much better idea than the attic. Getting up to the attic can sometimes be dangerous as you risk slipping on the ladder. The garage is much safer as it doesn’t involve any climbing. 

Since you will be storing valuable items there, a heating system is a must. The combination of harsh winters and condensation can easily ruin wood, paper, and metal goods. 

Books will become soggy and clothes will become musty and mildewed. Your multipurpose garage can therefore use a good heater so that you can better protect the belongings you store there. 

Conclusion

Finding the proper heating system for your garage is a worthy investment. A heated garage will also help you save a lot of money because you can say goodbye to expensive plumbing and car repairs in winter. The best part is that you will no longer need to rush yourself to the car to avoid the cold. Nobody likes entering their car only to be greeted by a frigid interior.

A lot of neighborhoods have made it mandatory to have heating in your garage. This is mainly to protect residents from extremely cold weather. If your neighborhood does not allow the installation of heaters in your garage then at least invest in some insulation. Good luck!

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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