Tired of leaving your car in a cold garage?
In Calgary, with detached or attached garages, you’re bound to experience freezing or well below comfortable temperatures within your garage. For many, the garage or shop has become a living room extension of your home. A properly chosen garage heater will run efficiently and keep your space warm all year round!
There are a few garage heating options that are best for Calgary homes. The most common, effective, and efficient of which is a natural gas fed forced air garage heater, ceiling mounted typically, also know as a gas unit heater.
Natural gas fed garage heaters, installed properly by a certified gas fitter, are energy efficient, cost effective, and highly adaptable to your heating needs.
Natural gas is the most economical choice for garage heating in Calgary.
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WHAT TYPES OF GARAGE HEATERS ARE THERE?
In addition to forced air natural gas garage unit heaters, Calgary homes may also be a fit for electric heaters, hydronic, and natural gas fed radiant tube heaters.
Details on these systems are provided below.
Natural gas radiant heaters .
Natural gas fed radiant tube heaters draw energy from your home’s gas supply.
Radiant tube heaters have the benefit of being long, with allot of thermal mass. This means they can heat up a larger garage quickly, and keep it at a comfortable temperature for a long duration efficiently.
Radiant garage tube heaters as their name implies, radiate their heat from heating elements. Radiant garage tube heaters are mounted on walls or ceilings.
Localized radiant heat is produced by natural gas radiant heaters, that said, they don’t necessarily force hot air throughout your garage.
Hydronic heating systems solutions.
Hydronic heating uses liquids run through piping and heating elements in your floors, walls, and other fixtures to radiate heat.
These systems are totally sealed, meaning there’s little risk of a damage to the system itself, important for busy shops or ca ports.
Natural gas forced air garage units.
Natural gas fed forced air garage heaters draw energy from your home’s natural gas supply, basically a mini furnace.
They are cost effective and efficient. Consider the positioning within the garage, or multiple units for larger spaces, and the elevation, ceilings are best.
These units blow hot air in one direction, so to best serve your garage heating needs ensure hot air is directed to be in circulation in your garage.
Electric infrared heaters.
Not the most energy efficient of garage heater solutions, but are simplest for installation and are very safe.
Electric garage heaters use electricity to heat infrared elements, can be used mobile in a shop, or mounted in garages on walls or ceilings.
For typical garage you would need a few of these heaters to make the space comfortable, typically they under-perform gas powered garage heater units.
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RPG Calgary recommends radiant gas fed tube heaters.
They don’t blow air and dust around. They’re compact, very energy efficient and while pricey upfront, extremely cost effective in the long run. Plus, radiant heating tubes just look cool!
How much does it cost to install a garage heater?
It all comes down to your preferred make and model.
Also, consider the hookup utility costs, if your home is not already set up for gas or electricity in the garage.
Gas fed force air unit garage heaters: Some gas fed garage unit heaters can be procured and installed near under $1000, but most will run from $1000 to $2000. These systems are cost effective and energy efficient, entailing the most common Calgary garage heater setup there is.
Gas fed radiant tube garage heater: Typically radiant tube heaters are more expensive than unit heaters, ranging upwards of $1000 to a few thousand dollars. Radiant gas fed tube heaters for garage applications are a little less affordable than unit heats, and as such a little less popular. However they are a still a great premium option, and the heat is considered by many to be more comfortable than forced air unite heaters.
Hydronic heating solution for garage heating: This is really dependent on your current hydronic home heating setup. Additional manifolds and loops may need to be added, not to mention the necessity of re-work to floors, ceilings, and walls to route. Expect these systems to at at minimum cost thousands to properly install or extend from your existing hydronic heating system.
Electric infrared garage heater: Because these heaters only heat what is directly under or near them they are pretty economical, albeit less effective than hydronic or gas powered solutions. Small units are about $150-$500 and heavy duty units are upwards of $500. You have to factor in lifecycle operation costs too, which are typically more than gas or hydronic systems.
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