A Natural Gas Garage Heater Is Your Best Bet

A well equipped garage can be a great place to work on projects.  However, in many parts of the country, cold winters make that impossible.  That is where a good workshop heater can come into play.

Natural gas burning garage heaters utilize a heat exchanger to produce the warmth we all crave for our garages.  These types of heaters are fairly common in cities where natural gas is piped throughout a subdivision or neighborhood.

The natural gas coming from the gas line goes through a valve inside the heater. A pilot flame or spark ignites the fuel causing a flame to be produced within the heat exchanger. A fan turns on when the temperatures inside the heat exchanger reaches a certain level.  This fan blows air through the heat exchanger.

There are many benefits to these types of natural gas garage heaters. These benefits include:

1.    These heaters and powerful and efficient.   They produce heat quickly since their ability to produce heat is not dependent on a centralized boiler.

2.    There is a wide range of styles and sizes to fit your heater to the heating job you require.  This can help avoid over or under sizing your heater.

3.    These heaters are always at your service and ready to go.  You aren’t dependent on the level of fuel in a tank.

If you can, have a professional install your natural gas garage heater.  These installation steps will include:

1.    Hang the heater using angle iron or threaded rods. Some units allow for direct mounting to the ceiling by use of angle iron.

2.    The natural gas piping should be installed, along with a vent pipe.

3.    A low voltage thermostat should be wired to the terminal strip of the heater.

4.    Install the power required for the heater. Typically this will be 120 volt power.

Three common questions we see from potential customers are:

1. What do I use to control my garage heater?

You will need a 24 volt thermostat mounted on the wall.  When heat is needed, a signal is sent by the thermostat to the heater telling it to turn on. Better thermostats now have a fan setting in which you can use the fan without heat in warm months, like in the summer.

2. Where is the best place in my garage to put my heater?

You should put your heater in the coldest part of your garage and you should slightly angle it so that is spreads warm air over the coldest wall.

3. Where is the best place in my garage to put the wall mounted thermostat?

You always want to put the thermostat in a spot that has an average temperature of your garage.  You don’t want to place the thermostat in a cold area of the garage, because if will run the heater more than it needs to.  You also want to avoid placing the thermostat in a part of the garage that is hit by direct sunlight, for it will think it is warmer than it really is and will not run the heater as much as you might need it.  The best place to put the thermostat is an interior wall that is well insulated.

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