Mini-Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What’s Best for My Woodshop?

Comfortable isn’t usually a word used to reference a garage. But many homeowners take full advantage of this space as a workshop for home improvement projects or pastimes including woodworking. Considering using your garage for a home woodshop? By installing heating and cooling, you’ll have the ability to utilize the garage throughout the year.

Standard systems, such as a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are often pricey because of the ductwork that’s needed. Not to mention, garages are often separate.

The two most frequently installed options are garage heaters or mini-split systems, because they don’t have to have ductwork. But which system should you choose? It’s important to be aware of each to find the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust needs special thought since these particles can fill up filters and decrease your system’s efficiency.

We go over the differences to help you select the best option for your budget.

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling

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

A mini-split air conditioner is loved for its energy efficiency and nearly noiseless operation. This makes it great for craftsmen needing a tranquil, comfy location to work. Since they offer both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be run throughout the year.

Since wood expands with adjustments in temperature, total control over heating and cooling is very advantageous. Most carpenters and woodworkers advise finishing projects in temperatures much like where the completed item will live.

Changing your filter consistently is an important component of upkeep. Cutting kicks up a lot of sawdust. If you don’t keep up with your mini-split’s filter, you might lower your system’s efficiency and life span.

A mini-split also has to have frequent tune-ups from a experienced HVAC tech, like one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Keeping its internal parts clean and lubricated will help decrease the probability of repairs and may even help it work for an extended period of time.

Garage Heaters: Ideal for Cold Climates

Garage heaters operate slightly differently. They make hot air, so it’s best to compare one to a miniature furnace. They’re installed on the ceiling, typically in a corner. If you rely on your garage for extra storage, keep in mind that these heaters will take up a part the overhead area.

The main difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the kind of fuel they use, since mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both standard models, but there are electric garage heaters as well if you don’t want to bother with fuel hookups.

Garage heaters come with a bonus that makes them slightly better than a mini-split system. They don’t require a filter and some models have sealed combustion chambers, which stops sawdust from infiltrating those internal components.

Key Differences Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters

Ultimately there are many things to consider, such as the temperatures in the U.S.. These involve:

    • Whether you are looking for both heating and cooling, or just heating.
    • Your budget.
    • How much wall space you have in your shop.
    • How much time and money you want to devote to maintenance.

Ductless mini-split systems cost more up front than garage heaters. If you don’t plan on using your garage frequently, this may not be the most budget-friendly option. But woodshops in climates with major adjustments in temps may benefit from enhanced control.

Garage heaters are a simpler, budget-friendly option. Different models utilize different fuel sources to create heat only, making them not a good choice for hotter weather. Gas or propane garage heaters are best if fuel costs are low. They’re not as energy efficient, so frequent use may result in higher utility bills. But the excellent heat generation is desired in colder locations.

For knowledgeable advice and installation, turn to the HVAC Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with outstanding repair and maintenance services, your woodshop will be a productive space for a long time. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule a free home comfort assessment or appointment now.

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