Mini-Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What’s Ideal for My Woodworking Space?

Cozy isn’t usually a word used to talk about a garage. But many homeowners make the most of this location as a workshop for home improvement projects or hobbies including woodworking. Mulling using your garage for a home woodshop? By adding heating and cooling, you’ll have the option use the area all year.

Traditional systems, like a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are usually pricey because of the ductwork that’s required. Also, garages are sometimes not connected to your home.

The two most popular options are garage heaters or mini-split systems, as they don’t have to have ductwork. But which type should you select? It’s important to be aware of each to select the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust needs special thought as these particles can bog down filters and decrease your system’s efficiency.

We break down the differences to help you choose the right solution for your budget.

Mini-Splits: Ideal for Heating and Cooling

Ductless mini-splits are like a heat pump, as they transfer heat in place of creating it. This makes them very energy efficient. They’re placed on your wall and connect to an exterior unit via a small hole in the wall.

A mini-split air conditioner is prized for its energy efficiency and nearly silent operation. This makes it great for craftsmen looking for a calm, comfy area to work. Because they provide both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be used all year round.

Since wood shrinks with changes in temperature, total control over heating and cooling is very useful. Most carpenters and woodworkers recommend finishing woodworking in temperatures very close to where the final creation will be used.

Changing your filter frequently is a crucial piece of service. Sanding kicks up a lot of sawdust. If you don’t clean your mini-split’s filter, you may decrease your system’s efficiency and longevity.

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

Garage Heaters: Great for Cold Climates

Garage heaters work slightly differently. They generate heat, so it’s ideal to compare one to a mini furnace. They’re mounted on the ceiling, often in a corner. If you need your garage for added storage, keep in mind that these heaters will take up some of the overhead room.

The biggest difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the type of fuel they need, as mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both common models, but there are electric garage heaters as well if you don’t want to bother with fuel connections.

Garage heaters have a bonus that makes them advantageous over a mini-split system. They don’t have to have a filter and some models have closed combustion chambers, which stops sawdust from getting into those internal components.

Key Differences Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters

In the end there are many things to consider, such as the temperatures in the U.S.. These encompass:

    • Whether you are looking for both heating and cooling, or just heating.
    • Your budget.
    • How much overhead room you have in your shop.
    • How much time and money you want to spend on tune-ups.

Ductless mini-split systems run more at the start than garage heaters. If you won’t need your garage often, this may not be the most cost-effective plan. But woodshops in climates with large shifts in weather may benefit from better control.

Garage heaters are a simpler, more affordable solution. Different models use different fuel sources to make heat only, making them not a good choice for warmer areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are more reasonable. They’re not as energy efficient, so regular use may create higher utility expenses. But the great heat generation is preferable in colder climates.

For knowledgeable advice and installation, call the HVAC Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ll help you make the right choice. And with outstanding repair and maintenance services, your shop will be a productive area for many years to come. Give us a call at 866-397-3787 to book a free home comfort assessment or appointment right away.

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