Cozy isn’t usually a word used to describe a garage. But many homeowners maximize this space as a workshop for home improvement projects or tinkering such as woodworking. Thinking about changing your garage into a home woodshop? By installing heating and cooling, you’ll be able to enjoy the garage throughout the year.
Traditional systems, including a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are usually pricey due to the ductwork that’s needed. Plus, garages are often not connected to your home.
The two most frequently installed styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, since they don’t have to have ductwork. But which type should you select? It’s important to know the benefits of each to select the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust needs additional thought because these particles can bog down filters and lower your system’s efficiency.
We go over the differences to help you choose the ideal solution for your shop.
Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling
Ductless mini-splits are like a heat pump, because they transfer heat rather than creating it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re mounted on your wall and join to an outdoor unit by a small hole in the wall.
A mini-split air conditioner is popular for its energy efficiency and nearly silent operation. This makes it ideal for craftsmen needing a relaxing, cozy area to work. Since they offer both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be used all year round.
Because wood expands with adjustments in temperature, full control over heating and cooling is extremely advantageous. Many carpenters and woodworkers suggest finishing projects in temperatures very close to where the finished product will end up.
Inspecting your filter often is an essential part of maintenance. Sanding creates a lot of sawdust. If you don’t keep up with your mini-split’s filter, you may decrease your system’s efficiency and longevity.
A mini-split also needs frequent tune-ups from a experienced HVAC tech, like one from Donelson Air Service Experts. Keeping its internal parts clean and lubricated will help lower the likelihood of breakdowns and could even help it work for a greater period of time.
Garage Heaters: Great for Chilly Climates
Garage heaters operate a bit differently. They generate heated air, so it’s better to compare one to a small furnace. They’re fixed on the ceiling, typically in a corner. If you turn to your garage for added storage, know that these heaters will eat up a portion the overhead area.
The main difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the kind of fuel they use, because mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both typical models, but there are electric garage heaters as well if you don’t want to worry about fuel hookups.
Garage heaters include a bonus that makes them advantageous over a mini-split system. They don’t need a filter and some models have separate combustion chambers, which halts sawdust from infiltrating those internal parts.
Key Distinctions Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters
In the end there are a lot of things to keep in mind, such as the temperatures in Nashville. These involve:
- Whether you want both heating and cooling, or only heating.
- Your budget.
- How much wall area you have in your shop.
- How much time and money you want to dedicate to upkeep.
Ductless mini-split systems are excellent if you want versatility and top energy efficiency. They offer both heating and cooling, making them the top solution for zoned climate control. But this efficiency comes at a price. Mini-split heat pumps cost more at the start than garage heaters. If you won’t need your shop often, this may not be the smartest solution. But woodshops in climates with major adjustments in temps may benefit from enhanced control.
Garage heaters are a simpler, more affordable option. Different models consume varying fuel sources to generate heat only, making them bad for warmer areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are great if fuel costs are low. They’re not as energy efficient, so frequent use may result in higher utility bills. But the superior heat generation is desired in colder locations.
For professional advice and installation, go with the HVAC Experts at Donelson Air Service Experts. We’ll help you make the ideal choice. And with outstanding repair and maintenance services, your woodshop will be a useful space for a long time. Reach us at 615-953-9885 to schedule a free home comfort assessment or appointment right away.