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Re: cold garage

Posted By: Nino
Tuesday, 26 December 2000, at 8:47 p.m.

In Response To: cold garage (LindaH/Gso,NC)

I have to say that I disagree with Matt on the use of electric heaters in a garage where there exists the possibility of storing an automobile. Electric heaters can spark and the possibility exists that any fumes from gasoline can ignite and cause a fire. That's one of the reasons that garage floors are set lower than the other floor levels in a home. The first thing you have to consider is if your garage is insulated. Since most garages are not heated, they are also not insulated. Usually the floor above is insulated to protect the area above but that doesn't help the garage. The other thing that you must consider is the infiltration of air past the garage door. Any heating system will be working full time to beat those two problems, running extremely expensive to get a small improvement in temperature. If after you have tackled those problems the best way to heat a garage is to provide a seperate zone just for the garage. Since you didn't mention that the furnace was with the water heater, I'm going to assume that you have forced hot air or electric heat. I've stated my reasons against electric, but forced hot air should be easy to install providing you can run a duct to the garage. If your funace has enough capacity to heat the extra space, that should be it. If not, then you may have to look at other alternatives to solve your problems.

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