Gas-powered garage heaters are popular in residential and commercial applications because they are reliable, cost effective, and can heat up an area quickly. They come in several makes and models, and are either a forced-air unit heater that blows warm air or a radiant tube heater that radiates heat. Wall-mounted gas-powered units can be tied into your home’s current gas line and the size and costs will vary depending on the type, brand, and installation method.
Radiant tube heaters are better suited for heating garages and workshops with higher ceilings and frequent air changes. Forced air units can heat up areas faster than radiant tube heaters, however heat is lost just as quickly when an overhead door is opened. Other benefits of Natural gas forced-air garage unit heaters are low installation costs and that they are able to heat large areas without requiring extensive venting systems.
Although installing a natural gas-powered garage heater is more expensive than an electric garage heater initially, it will save you money on your operating costs in the long term. Electric garage heater may how low installation cost but they are very expensive to operate. As with anything that involves gas-powered units, proper ventilation is necessary to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and best to be installed by a licensed professional.
Propane garage heaters are most popular in rural areas where natural gas is not available. When heat is required, the fuel from your propane tank flows through a gas valve inside the garage heater and ignites the pilot flame and a flame is produced inside a heat exchanger, the heat is stored in the heat exchanger until it reaches a set temperature and then is released through a vent in the device.
Propane heaters are self-contained units that will continue to run during power outages making them reliable and efficient heat sources. Propane tank garage heaters are best suited in a garage that is used as an extra living space that does not contain hazardous liquids and gases and some may also require proper venting.