The Best Space Heaters for Your Garage, According to Home Heating Experts
Colder months are approaching, but that doesn't mean you have to shiver while you're finishing a DIY project or organizing garden tools in your garage. If you're looking for the best space heater to keep you warm and safe while you work, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are the best space heaters for your garage, according to home heating experts.
Best Space Heaters for your Garage
- Atomi Smart Tower Space Heater This oscillating space heater is Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, and sends real-time alerts to your smartphone.
- De'Longhi Ceramic Tower Heater A smart heater with a slim design that saves space without sacrificing power.
- Isiler Space Heater Don't let the size (or price) fool you. This tiny device packs a lot of heat.
- Aikoper Space Heater A powerful ceramic tower heater that comes with an eight-hour timer and automatic tip-over shut-off.
- Pelonis Ceramic Tower This quiet option quickly heats up your space without disrupting your other senses.
- Lasko Ceramic Tower Space Heater Excellent for heating a large area, this oscillating tower serves up high heat at a low price.
How to Pick a Space Heater That's Right for Your Garage
Start by considering the contents of your garage (perhaps it's time to declutter). Do you have any flammable materials, such as gasoline, wood stain, paint thinners, or other oils and paints? Do children or pets have access to your garage? The answers to these questions will help inform your choice.
"Look for units with a tip-over shut-off feature and make sure the unit will not burn a child or fur baby if they touch it," advises Lanier English, corporate operations officer at McCoy's Heating and Air.
If you want to take the safest route, opt for a ceramic space heater over one that's infrared or propane-fueled. "Ceramic heaters have more safety features in place that would help to prevent potential issues," says Darren Hudema, director of training & technical services at PuroClean. Check that the space heater has been ETL (Electrical Testing Lab) or UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed, says Hudema. This will indicate that it has completed a series of safety checks that render it safe for your home.
You'll also want to take into account the size of your garage or the area you want to heat. Traditionally, 10 watts heats a square foot, so if your garage is 200 square feet, you'll look for a space heater that's around 2,000 watts.
How to Safely Operate Your Space Heater
"Make sure that you plug your space heater directly into the outlet and not into an extension cord," warns Hudema.
He also explains that you can safely operate two space heaters in one garage as long as you're not exceeding the circuit rating. National electrical code requires that a circuit breaker trips at 80% of its load, so if your space heater is drawing more than that, plug them into two separate circuits.
To ensure the outlets in your garage are up to snuff, it's best to hire a contractor. You can search for electrical outlet and switch service professionals on Angi. The company finds contractors in your area who are equipped to handle your specific project.
For optimal heating, place your space heater in a cool corner of your garage and position the heater to face outward. Make sure the area around the heater is clean and free of anything flammable.
How to Maintain Your Space Heater
Keep your space heater clean and free of dust and hair. This not only keeps you safe, but it also helps your heater operate at an optimal level.
Make sure the filter, the unit itself, and the space around your heater are clean. Check the cord for any frayed or damaged parts. If it's damaged in any way, unplug it immediately. If it's a three-prong outlet, make sure it's grounded.
Taking into account our heating expert's safety recommendations, the following heaters are all ceramic, ETL listed, and offer numerous other features to keep you safe.