ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heating Your Garage

Updated on August 4, 2011

How Should You Heat Your Garage

The garage in a typical home is often poorly insulated from the outside air and rarely connected to the main home heating and cooling systems. So, staying warm in the winter months can be tough for the weekend tinkerer.

Here are a few options for keeping your garage warm this winter.

Your garage is a magical place. Preserve and protect the floor in your garage with epoxy garage floor paint.

Garage Heating Options

Infrared Heater

An infrared heater is just like those warming lamps in the ceilings of some bathrooms. They emit warm infrared heat to objects directly in the path of the light.

They are cheap and easy to install, but not very useful if you need to warm a large area.

Electric Space Heater

The good old standby electric space heater is also a cheap and easy option for heating up your garage workspace. The heating elements become very hot during use, so make sure that you keep it away from combustible materials.

Some units keep the heating element enclosed in a ceramic outer coating which reduces the chances of causing fires.

Floor Warming Mats

Floor warming mats are like a heating pad for your feet. An electric heating element is embedded in a durable floor mat and provides heat at the floor level. This effectively keeps your feet warm (which will help you feel warmer all over) and natural convection currents will cause the remaining heat to rise up from the floor warming the air as well.

Kerosene Space Heater

Kerosene space heaters are classic choices for heating a garage. However, they work by burning fuel and emit carbon monoxide as a result. Proper fresh air venting is required to keep the air safe for people which might offset the benefits of having a heater in the first place.

Sealed Oil Radiator

A sealed oil radiator works like a traditional radiator. A warm fluid (oil) fills a series of radiator fins which warm the air that passes over them. As the air warms, it rises and pulls cooler air into contact with the radiator and produces a convection current that circulates the air in the room.

Sealed oil radiators get hot during use, but they do not generate enough heat to cause ignition of most flammable sources. Since they use electricity to warm the oil, they also do not produce any exhaust gasses.


These are the some of the best options for keeping your garage work space comfortable all winter long. Evaluate your specific needs and circumstances to determine the best option for you.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)