People use their garages for a variety of reasons. Some use it as their car storage area and some use it as a storehouse. If your garage is a part of your home’s centralized heating system, then you need not worry. But if that’s not the case, then there is no need to panic. There are exclusive garage heaters available in the market that would do the heating job for space. If you have difficulty to install it yourself, there are always technicians to assist you.
Things to keep in mind:
It is very important to identify the type of heater you want to install in the garage. Most common ones are electric and gas heaters. Also be wary about the regulations associated with each for installation in your property. One more important thing to keep in mind is to calculate the total area of the garage. It helps you to identify the number of heaters required to cover the total space.
Electric heater installation:
Once you have the product ready for installation, the first thing you do is to turn off the power at the main breaker of the house. It is always good if there is a space in the panel to install a new breaker before moving forward. Next step is to expose the breaker and the wiring. You would be very lucky if the main breaker panel shares the wall with the garage area. With this kind of setup, you could easily drill the hole through the wall and install the conduit that you would run the new breaker through.
For wiring, you could use a 10 gauge wiring in red, black and green colors. If you are using a 220V circuit, the red and black ones would be the alternating phase hot wires and the green one would be the ground. Next, connect the wires to a 30 amp breaker as it is sufficient if you are using a 5000W heater. The green ground wire would get attached to the ground bar in the panel while the red and black wires would be attached to the two terminal screws on the breaker. Snap the breaker into its place and try to keep the wires tucked up on the sides. Now turn on the main power for the house, but make sure the power is still off in the newly installed breaker.
It is always a good practice to install the heater in a place which is not only out of the way but also accessible. One good approach could be to put it as close to the garage door without hitting it. Once you have all the conduits in place, run the wiring inside. You could use a fish tape to slide it down from the ceiling into a lower junction box if there is one. Once there is enough wiring exposed out of the junction box, just cut off the excess.
Next step is to take off the plate to expose the wiring for the heater and then install the adjustable heater arm before hanging it on to the bracket. To run the power from the junction box in the ceiling to the heater itself, you could use an appliance kit. You just run the wiring inside it; they have fitting at the ends that could easily get connected to the junction box. To connect it to the heater, pop out one of the tabs in the back and run the wiring through to connect it. Before you turn on the heater, it is a good practice to connect the wires in the junction box with wire nuts. You are now all set to experience the warmth of the heater in the garage area.
The electric heating systems are cheaper than their gas counterparts and are user-friendly when it comes to the installation. With a little bit of research you can find the best garage heater for your home. Nonetheless, once the installation is done, get it inspected and enjoy the warm air, especially during cold winters.