The garage is your home away from home, but during the winter months, hanging out there for any length of time can be a real challenge. If you often find yourself spending countless hours in the garage on the weekends or after work, there are many ways you can upgrade this space to make it warmer during the winter months.
Even if you have the best garage heater, in zero-degree weather you’ll need a little more help in terms of how to keep garage warm.
We’ve covered some important topics, such as tankless water heater maintenance, but learning how to weatherize your home workshop or your garage is yet another way you can save hundreds of dollars a year on heating costs. Plus, you’ll find that once you have learned how to properly weatherize your garage, you no longer need to stick close to your heater or limit your amount of time working on projects.
A Warmer Workspace
If you have a newer home, then the odds are the insulation in your garage may be fairly decent and you won’t have to go that extra mile to ensure it stays nice and warm during the winter. But if your home is more than thirty years old, you’re going to need to do a few simple upgrades that can make a major difference in terms of how comfortable your garage is in freezing temperatures.
However, even if you do have a newer home, you’ll still need to invest in a new garage heater in order to enjoy comfortable temperatures.
Preparing for Winter
The fact is, you won’t be able to get to work until the temperature in your workshop or garage is comfortable.
If you’ve purchased a new garage heater and haven’t installed it yet, we’ll walk you through the necessary steps that will help you get the most out of your heater by ensuring your garage is prepared and winterized.
First off, clean your garage. Use a broom to sweep the floor and remove dead insects, leaves, debris, dust, and dirt.
Clean the walls and remove dust, dirt, and cobwebs.
While you’re working hard cleaning up in your garage now is also a good time to organize your tools, get rid of old boxes of junk, and clear out enough space so you can get set up for woodworking or whatever hobby you enjoy. Keeping your garage clean and organized can also deter rats and other rodents from setting up shop during the winter.
Weather Stripping to the Rescue
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned out the garage you can get started winterizing it, beginning with insulation. When we say insulation, we aren’t referring to that thick fluffy stuff that’s used in the walls of a house. Insulating can also involve sealing up any leaks that can let the cold air in and the warm air out.
But before you focus on insulation you’ll want to check out the weather stripping on each window and the garage door and fix and replace any broken or cracked areas.
Weather stripping can become brittle and cracked over time, resulting in air leaks that will create cold drafts in the garage. If your garage suffers from drafts that are caused by poor weather stripping, then you’ll want to remove the old weather stripping and make sure you scape off any of the remaining sealant before you apply new weather stripping.
Make sure you align the new weather stripping properly on the garage door in order to ensure a good seal. You can do this by shutting the door and aligning the stripping, so the rubber flap is completely flat against the door.
Once you have sealed up all the leaks in the garage you can start with wall insulation. Insulation helps to create a protective barrier for the garage and it can be made out of a variety of materials. You should choose the insulation based on your budget and the size of your garage. Considering there are so many types of insulation to choose from, you should have no problem finding a type that will work with your budget.
We recommend using fiberglass batt insulation. Make sure you choose the correct thickness. This will be based on the thickness of the walls. Thoroughly read the insulation guide and install the insulation according to the instructions.
While you’ve already installed new weather stripping on the garage door, if it’s not insulated properly, you’ll run the risk of losing plenty of heat. So, in order to stay warm when you’re working in the garage, you’re going to want to insulate the garage door as well. There are many specialized kits available specifically for this purpose. These kits include a variety of options such as reflective barriers, fiberglass, and foam boards.
When you insulate the garage door, make sure you carefully cut the insulation, so it fits the door panels correctly. Then you can secure the insulation using a type of approved adhesive. If you still feel a heavy draft, even after you’ve finished insulating the door, you may need to upgrade the garage door with an insulated model.
Putting Your New Garage Heater to Work
Now you’re ready to install your new garage heater. While weather stripping and insulation can help to keep the cold air from entering the garage, it won’t help to warm it up. Models such as the Fahrenheat FUH724 240-volt garage heater can be easily mounted any where and it has the power to keep your garage nice and warm.
The heater you choose should offer enough power to easily heat up your garage without overheating. You should also choose a heater based on space. If you don’t have much floor space to work with you can choose a model that’s wall mountable.