Natural gas garage heaters have significantly impacted residential and commercial heating in recent years. Because most garages are not served by a conventional HVAC system, they rely on specialty heaters. If you have natural gas service at your home or business, a natural gas garage heater is the most cost-effective solution. They are more energy-efficient than electric heaters and less hassle than propane heaters.
The three most popular heaters are electric, natural gas, and propane. Natural gas garage heaters have surged in popularity recently, and in the last two decades, Gas Outdoor Patio Heaters has built a solid reputation as a trusted seller and installer. However, you do need a natural gas line that you can hook up to for this type of heater to work.
Natural gas garage heaters have become an essential feature of garage working, entertaining, and living for residential and commercial customers. Their success can be attributed to their cutting-edge technology, which allows them to radiate heat efficiently even when positioned in an open space. To achieve this, they use radiant heat technology. In other words, it is a heater intended to heat garage spaces in a safe, effective, and, most importantly, thorough manner.
How Do They Work?
Garage heaters are available in four different configurations: radiant, fan, infrared, and gas. Garage heaters that use fans are the most prevalent type. Each of the first three versions is powered by electricity, but they differ in how they generate and transmit heat in and around their immediate area. “Forced air” versions generate heat and then circulate it throughout the room with the help of a built-in fan to keep the area comfortable. The heat emitted by radiant and infrared heaters is concentrated in a small but significant radius surrounding the space.
Natural gas garage heaters, which are the most powerful of the choices, are perfect for large industrial garages because of their high output. However, keep in mind that the building must closely monitor carbon monoxide build-up, and CO2 detectors will be necessary.
Garages were once primarily used for cars, trucks, storage purposes, and golf carts. But those days are long gone. A large number of residential garages are now being repurposed as additional recreational spaces. This can include being retrofitted to dabble as office space, work sheds, entertainment centers, media rooms, art galleries, gymnasiums, recording studios, and even “man caves.” Since most don’t have HVAC systems installed, this calls for creative ways of heating and cooling.
Businesses have come to appreciate the inherent benefits of natural gas garage heaters. This includes commercial enterprises that operate the following:
- Tools shops
- Machines shops
- Furniture shops
- Electronics repair shops
- Auto repair and remodeling shops
- Parts fabrication shops
Natural gas garage heaters are preferred for most of the above commercial settings. They are relatively inexpensive to operate and can generate a fair amount of heat compared to their more conventional counterparts.
Benefits of Natural Gas Garage Heaters for Residential & Commercial Use
Of the three most popular garage heaters, natural gas brands have become an outstanding choice for commercial and residential use. Here’s why:
– Cheaper to Operate
While natural gas garage heaters may require an initial investment to purchase (anywhere between $400 to $2200), experts have noted they are cheaper to operate than electric alternatives. It’s no secret that running an electric garage heater can significantly increase your electricity bill in the long term.
– Enhance the Value of Your Property
By expanding and enhancing your living space, you can easily increase the value of your property. Need your three bedrooms to become four? How about showcasing a retrofitted garage as a quiet home office space? If you’re considering selling your home, these enhancements can significantly increase your selling price.
– Enjoy Your Garage During the Coldest Months
Given most garages do not have standard air conditioning, they can get unwelcomingly cold during winter. This makes them off-limits for most of that season other than storing junk or parking cars. Installing a natural gas garage heater instantly changes this equation. Instead of being no-go zones during cold spells, garages can be converted into a recreational office, work, or living space. This brings us to the next point.
– Relatively Safe
Our natural gas garage heaters are safe, effective, and easy to use. They offer safety features like kid safety locks that make it harder for a child to ignite a heater accidentally. Also, low oxygen shut-offs detect when safe combustion is impossible and turn the heater off.
There have also been concerns regarding carbon monoxide. Our natural gas garage heaters do not produce carbon monoxide poisoning. However, we still recommend that you have proper carbon monoxide detectors and adequate ventilation in your facility at all times. A carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm when dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide enter the home or garage. Also ensure that you closely monitor the use of flammable materials and keep them well away from your garage heater.
– Convert Your Garage Into Recreational Living Space
Garages are not what they used to be. Today, there is a growing trend among homeowners to use their garages as additional living, working, or leisure space. It’s no longer unusual to find garages repurposed as everything from hip offices and bedrooms to cutting-edge tool sheds, machine shops, recording studios, and art galleries.
A natural gas garage heater makes it possible to transform an otherwise uninviting and dreary place into a warm and friendly environment where you can work, sleep, complete projects, and entertain guests.
– Better Heat Distribution
The use of natural gas garage heaters has skyrocketed owing to their effectiveness. Most use the forced air concept to heat a space consistently. This technology is becoming increasingly common because it is easy to integrate with the home or business’ existing gas lines.
Natural gas garage heaters that use forced air technology can distribute heat more consistently and over a larger area. This is a significant advantage, particularly for commercial organizations that operate machine shops, tool sheds, assembly lines, repair shops, and other similar facilities.
– Low Installation Costs
The cost of installation will vary depending on the scope of the project and where you live. You will likely need to hire a plumber or experienced contractor to handle the gas lines. If you happen to be local we highly recommend you contact our licensed and certified installation team.
We go above and beyond to guarantee that your work routine is not disrupted. In our experience professional installation will take about two hours on average for a basic set up, depending on the scope and other considerations more time may be necessary. It’s always best to get an accurate quote for the installation before hand.
– Energy-Efficient & Environmentally Friendly
It’s impossible to talk about natural gas garage heaters without bringing up energy efficiency. There has been some controversy about whether these heaters are truly less costly to operate than their propane and electric counterparts.
Natural gas is readily available in the United States. This is why natural gas garage heaters have risen to the top of the list of the most cost-effective and energy-efficient ways of heating large commercial buildings, surpassing electric or propane heaters.
Natural gas is also one of the most environmentally friendly fossil fuels on the market. It is made of methane (composed of decomposed plant and animal residues, sand, and silt) gathered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. As a result, natural gas has fewer contaminants, is less chemically complex, and emits fewer pollutants when burned than the vast majority of other fuels in the market. It also emits less carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (smog), and particulate matter than other types of fossil fuels.
Customer and product support by Gas Outdoor Patio Heaters goes beyond merely explaining how the product works. As part of our service, we provide expert advice on the size and type of natural gas garage heater that is most appropriate for your unique requirements. For example, size matters: if your garage heater is too small for your space, you run the risk of incurring enormous energy costs due to the unit having to work extra hard to meet the space’s heating needs. On the other hand, a garage heater that is too large for your area can be challenging to install and maintain.
For big garages and barns, a large, high-output heater with a BTU rating of between 80,000 and 100,000 will be required. These natural gas garage heaters are frequently capable of heating garages larger than 2,000 square feet.
Smaller garages will require less firepower. A 30,000-BTU unit is frequently more than adequate for an attached one- or two-car garage. Extremely localized heat sources, such as above a workbench, may require as few as 5,000 BTUs.
Located in San Clemente, CA, Gas Outdoor Patio Heaters is one of the leading sellers of the patio, ceiling, wall, and garage heating systems for residential and commercial customers. We have over 18 years of sales and hands on experience and take great pride in offering exceptional customer service. Our business is stocked with the highest quality indoor and outdoor heating systems, including safe, economical natural gas garage heaters. Contact us today to make an appointment. We are also available for local installations; call for pricing.