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Common Things to Know About Installing a Garage Heater in Your Home

Ensuring your garage is a comfortable and functional space during the colder months is a top priority for many homeowners, and at Outdoor Patio Heaters, our team understands this and offers efficient and effective garage heaters to help. However, before adding any heater to your garage or any other enclosed or partially enclosed part of your home, it is important to consider several factors. Below, our experts share several things you need to consider before installing a heater in your garage and how to choose the right one for your specific needs:

Choosing the Right Heater for Your Space & Needs

When it comes to selecting the right heater for your garage, it is essential to understand the different options available. At Outdoor Patio Heaters, there are three primary types of heaters we offer: natural gas, propane, and electric. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages for a residential garage setting.

Garage Natural Gas Heater

These heaters are connected to your home’s natural gas supply, providing a continuous and cost-effective source of heat. They are highly efficient and ideal for larger spaces. However, installation can require a gas line connection.

Garage Propane Heater

Propane heaters are versatile and can be used in both small and large garages. They offer excellent heating efficiency, but you will need to ensure you have a supply of propane gas and proper ventilation.

Garage Electric Heater

Electric heaters are easy to install and cost-effective upfront. They are ideal for smaller spaces and provide instant heat. However, they can be less efficient when compared to propane and natural grass and can result in higher electricity bills.

The experts at Outdoor Patio Heaters, like Mike Workman, can help you identify the right heater for your space and needs. Consulting with our professionals ensures you make an informed decision that suits your budget and heating requirements.


Choosing the right position for your garage or shop heater is crucial to ensure efficient and safe heating. Consider the following factors:

  • Safety: Ensure there are no flammable materials or obstacles near the heater that could pose a safety risk.
  • Clearances: Heaters, especially gas ones, require specific clearances to prevent overheating or fires. Be aware of these requirements when selecting a heater location.
  • Gas Line Availability: If you opt for a natural gas heater, check if there is an existing gas line nearby or if one can be easily installed in your preferred location.
  • Convenience: The heater’s placement should be convenient for you to access and operate.


Proper ventilation is essential for nearly all types of heating equipment, especially gas heaters. All gas heaters require fresh air for combustion and proper ventilation to expel exhaust gasses. Ensure your garage has adequate ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. There are also electric heaters, which do not produce exhaust gasses and, therefore, do not require ventilation. However, it is still crucial to have some airflow in your garage to maintain a healthy environment. You can also consider heaters that have built-in ventilation capabilities, as they can simplify the installation process and help maintain safety standards.

Cost & Efficiency

Understanding the cost and efficiency of the different heater types we offer at Outdoor Patio Heaters is essential for making an informed decision. Gas heaters, with their installation requirements and potential gas line installation, tend to have higher upfront costs, while electric heaters are generally more affordable in this regard. In the long run, gas heaters are often more cost-efficient to operate. They offer higher heating efficiency and lower energy bills compared to electric heaters, especially in larger garage or shop spaces. Lastly, gas heaters may require periodic maintenance, such as cleaning and inspection of gas lines, while electric heaters typically have lower maintenance requirements. 

By carefully considering your budget and long-term heating needs, our team can help you choose a garage heater that offers the best balance between cost and efficiency.

Contact Us for Professional Assistance Today!

Installing a garage heater from us at Outdoor Patio Heaters can be a significant investment, and getting it right is crucial, especially to ensure safety. Fortunately, Outdoor Patio Heaters is here to assist you in selecting the right heater for your garage. Our experienced professionals, including our resident heating expert Mike Workman, can provide guidance on choosing the right type, positioning, and ventilation to help ensure safety and efficiency.

Do not hesitate to contact us for expert advice and recommendations tailored to your specific needs. With the right garage heater in place, you can enjoy a warm and comfortable workspace throughout the winter months.

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