Mini-Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What’s Right for My Woodshop?

Comfy isn’t usually a word used to describe a garage. But many homeowners maximize this space as a workshop for home improvement projects or hobbies such as woodworking. Considering transforming your garage into a home woodshop? By installing heating and cooling, you’ll be able to utilize the area year-round.

Traditional systems, such as a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are typically cost-prohibitive because of the ductwork that’s required. Also, garages are sometimes not connected to your home.

The two most frequently installed styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, because they don’t have to have ductwork. But which kind should you choose? It’s essential to be aware of each to select the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust demands special thought as these particles can fill up filters and lower your system’s efficiency.

We review the differences to help you select the right system for your budget.

Mini-Splits: Ideal for Heating and Cooling

Ductless mini-splits much like a heat pump, as they transfer heat rather than making it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re placed on your wall and link to an outside unit by a small hole in the wall.

A mini-split air conditioner is prized for its energy efficiency and quiet operation. This makes it great for craftsmen searching for a calm, comfy location to work. Since they offer both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be used no matter the season.

Since wood shrinks with adjustments in temperature, full control over heating and cooling is very beneficial. Many carpenters and woodworkers suggest finishing work in temperatures similar to where the final item will end up.

Changing your filter consistently is a crucial component of upkeep. Sanding generates a lot of sawdust. If you don’t change your mini-split’s filter, you risk reducing your system’s efficiency and life span.

A mini-split also requires regular upkeep from a experienced HVAC technician, like one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Keeping its internal pieces clean and lubricated will help lower the likelihood of malfunctions and may even help it work for an extended period of time.

Garage Heaters: Best for Cold Climates

Garage heaters run slightly differently. They create warmth, so it’s ideal to compare one to a miniature furnace. They’re mounted on the ceiling, usually in a corner. If you turn to your garage for additional storage, know that these heaters will eat up a portion the overhead space.

A key difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the type of fuel they need, because mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both typical models, but there are electric garage heaters also if you don’t want to bother with fuel hookups.

Garage heaters include a bonus that makes them slightly better than a mini-split system. They don’t need a filter and some models have closed combustion chambers, which keeps sawdust from reaching those internal pieces.

Key Distinctions Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters

Ultimately there are lots of things to keep in mind, such as the weather in the U.S.. These include:

    • Whether you want both heating and cooling, or only heating.
    • Your budget.
    • How much ceiling space you have in your garage.
    • How much time and money you want to dedicate to tune-ups.

Ductless mini-split systems run more up front than garage heaters. If you don’t plan on using your woodshop often, this may not be the most budget-friendly plan. But woodshops in locations with large changes in temps may benefit from better control.

Garage heaters are a simpler, more reasonably priced solution. Different models utilize differing fuel sources to make heat only, making them not a good choice for warmer weather. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are low. They’re not as energy efficient, so routine use may lead to bigger utility costs. But the excellent heat generation is desired in northern climates.

For knowledgeable advice and installation, call the HVAC Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with outstanding repair and maintenance services, your garage will be a relaxing location for years. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to book a free home comfort assessment or appointment now.

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