Electric Garage Heaters – A Good Option?

An Inside Look at Electric Garage Heaters

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Electric garage heaters offer one alternative for heating up your home’s most unusual space. Note that the keyword here is one, as there are several other options for garage heating. You can also use propane garage heaters, natural gas or zone-based systems, (where heat is generated from your home’s main unit). However, before you make any moves, you should understand the full story behind the electric heater. This is especially the case regarding its pros and cons. Once you have this information, you will be able to make a more informed decision.

The Advantages

Electric heaters are extremely easy to use. The portable versions require no setup, and can be used immediately. Meanwhile, ceiling and wall-mounted versions can be assembled with minimal handyman ability. And all electric units work by simply plugging them into the wall. There are no concerns over fuel, ventilation or carbon monoxide poisoning. With electricity, you get an endless source of heat without having to make any sacrifices.

Built-in thermostats are another advantage available with electric units. Through an LCD screen, you can digitally adjust your unit’s temperature. There is also the option of initiating automatic shutdown when the unit gets too hot. This is an important safety feature if a coat or some other item happens to fall over the heater.

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Lastly, there is the biggest advantage of all: the cost of the unit. Ranging from $20 to $500, electric heaters are the cheapest of any unit available for garage heating. Even if you have to get two cheap units to heat up a large space, you will not overstretch your budget.

The Disadvantages

If you get an electric heater designed for the ceiling, you need to make sure the area is completely dry walled and insulated . Otherwise, the heat will get absorbed by the ceiling’s beams, making the unit ineffective.

Noise is another major concern. Since most electric heaters are equipped with fans and motors, you will hear a mechanical sound every time they run. It does not matter if you purchase an infrared or convection model, as both possess the same problem. However, since infrared models heat objects rather than air, you might experience a little more peace while they are running.

Finally, there is the issue of your utility bill. If you use electric garage heaters too much, you could end up tripling your expenses. Sadly, there is no way around this phenomenon, as it pretty much comes with the territory when you use these systems.

With that said, it is best to use these devices sparingly, (if you cannot afford a high electric bill). If you can afford a higher bill… well, it then boils down to whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for your situation. And for many homeowners they will, since all of the benefits revolve around how easy electric heaters are to use.

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