Should You Get An Infrared Or A Convection Electric Garage Heater?

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One of the most underused but potentially valuable space in any home during the winter months is the garage. This is generally due to the fact that it is just to cold in them to be there for any amount of time. If you install an electric garage heater into this space, you can transform a neglected space into a quite valuable one.

When it comes to electric garage heaters there are two types of heating elements infrared/radiant or convection. A closer look at both the models is merited to decide which will be the best for your situation.

What Are Infrared Heaters?

Infrared electric heaters rely on electromagnetic waves that transfer thermal energy. In other words, with an infrared heater an object or body is heated, while with convection heaters, the entire room is heated. So the first decision you will need to make before purchasing a garage heaters is do you want the heater to heat a specific spot while you are in your garage or do you want to heat the entire garage while you are in it? For those who choose a convection heater, knowing the exact size of the space and doing the right space calculations is important before you purchase your heater. Fortunately, many retailers have online calculators that you can use so that you are able to calculate the precise space to be heated.

There are different ways to install your electric garage heater inside your garage too. Some are designed to be wall-mounted or pole-mounted, while others are stand-alone units. They are also made of many different materials, including metal, ceramic, quartz and open coils. The best electric garage heaters are usually ceramic or quartz varieties. Why is this? Because ceramic and quartz elements generate an even, gentle heat within an enclosed space.

The unit heaters are the most common heaters used, this is because they are commercial grade and heat the garage the fastest. However, keep in mind that some commercial grade heaters can be quite loud as well because of their large fan and motor and capability to heat the air fast. Generally these models will be mounted either on a ceiling or a wall using brackets.

However, there are also many wall heaters to choose from that may be a good choice for a medium or smaller sized garage space. They are usually mounted from a wall stud and the smaller fan and motor make them much quieter. For garages with little available wall space, a ceiling heater will be a better choice. However, they have a down side in that they require the ceiling to be completely finished in order to work most efficiently. This is because if the ceiling is unfinished, much of the air will be lost into the beams and joist instead.

The electric garage heaters that are wall mounted are either controlled by a built-in or wall mounted thermostat. Depending on the model, you may have the option of either type or only have one that comes standard with the unit. You should keep this feature in mind when you are making your selection.

In conclusion, keep in mind that best electric garage heaters are manufactured specifically for the use of heating large garage spaces.