Garage Heating Safety Tips
Adding a garage heater can greatly increase the comfort and versatility of your garage. From a new home-office to that woodworking studio you always wanted, implementing a garage heating system opens the door to a world of alternative garage possibilities. Now before you get caught daydreaming of your new space, first consider these important safety tips that are sure to save you a lot of time and aggravation.
1. Type of Activity
When choosing a garage heater, the first step is to determine what type of activities will be taking place. Will you be using the garage as a start-up studio for your new band, fixing up the family car, or testing out those painting skills you learned in art class? Identifying the types of activities is very important. For example if you did in fact turn your garage into your very own woodworking shop, then you should be conscious of the potential danger posed by the dust and debris. When debris comes in contact with a heating element it can ignite and cause a fire. Additionally, air from the heaters can blow the dust and debris causing it to circulate the room and inevitably into your lungs. In this case, low intensity radiant tube gas heaters would serve best to avoid these problems.
Proper and efficient ventilation is key to safely heating your garage. Heaters that utilize kerosene, propane, or are oil-filled present a specific set of safety challenges. As these units heat the air they release carbon monoxide fumes. Adequate ventilation must be available to expel the fumes. If operating a heater without built-in vents, it is essential to leave a door or window open to ensure proper air circulation. Also, while it may seem cost-effective to use your home’s existing system to heat your garage, it will leave your home and family vulnerable to exposure from the potentially dangerous by-products of your garage activities.
3. Regular Maintenance
Regardless of the type of heater you purchase, regular maintenance is a must. Your unit should be checked regularly for frayed or brittle cords and plugs. The unit’s operation can also be impacted by damage done to the casing or insulation. If you notice signs of these damages, repairs should only be made by certified electricians. For gas heaters, make sure the heater is completely turned off before you begin adding fuel to the unit. And always, if you smell gas turn the unit off immediately and then thoroughly inspected for damages before using it again.
Garages serve as spaces of endless possibilities. Don’t let the cold winter months deter you from taking full advantage of your garage. Investing in a garage heater will open the door to these possibilities and considering these safety guidelines will ensure worry-free use.