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How to Keep Your Garage Warm and Energy-Efficient

Is your garage a second hangout?

For many, it is.

Or, do you just want to keep it warmer because you don’t like to go out into a cold garage?

The reason doesn’t matter. The point is you want a warm and energy-efficient garage.

Here’s how to make that happen:

1. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

If you want any chance of having a warm garage, the top thing you need to do is insulate.

This includes the walls, door, and ceiling.

Just like you would in your house, add shrink film over your windows.

You may need a professional for the insulation. It is a large project.

But, you can also do this yourself.

2. Install a Heater

You have a number of choices when it comes to heaters.

Forced-air heaters can be professionally installed to tie into your home’s propane or natural gas system.

The problem is that they will blow air around which you will feel. Anything small and loose may also float around your garage floor too. That may be annoying.

Convection heaters use gas or electric as a power source. The major pro of convection heating lies in its ability to heat up faster than other heating options.

Ductless heating systems have the most efficiency. They’re also easy to install because they’re just a single unit.

3. Generally Avoid Space Heaters

While it’s easy to buy a space heater and plug it in, one usually won’t give you enough heat for your whole garage.

Space heaters also aren’t nearly as energy-efficient as the other heating options just mentioned.

However, they can be just enough to do the job if you don’t want to do all the work mentioned.

Just be aware of the pros and cons.

4. Seal Cracks and Gaps with Weatherstripping

Believe it or not, these are actually pretty easy to find.

Simply close your garage door and turn the light off.

Then look for light shining through anywhere in your garage.

Make sure you seal those heat-and-energy-efficiency sucking cracks and gaps.

5. Insulate Your Water Pipes

This doesn’t necessarily help with your garage’s efficiency.

But it does help with your overall efficiency. So you might as well do it while you work on your garage’s energy efficiency.

Buy insulation at your local hardware store (it’s dirt cheap).

Then just cut and slap it on any pipes exposed in your garage.

6. Consider a Radiant Floor Heating System

If you like to work on cars, nothing’s better than lying on a warm floor.

This likely isn’t a DIY project. You’ll probably have to hire a plumber.

To install it, you’ll actually need to tear out and pour the concrete again. So, it’s really only a viable option if you’re pouring a new slab, or if you spend an awful lot of time in your garage.

Well, that’s pretty much it. Now you know all your options and how to go about them.

Enjoy your warm and energy-efficient garage!

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