Updated: June 8, 2015
Garage Heater Reviews:The one area of most homes that goes unheated during the cold, winter months is the garage. If you like to work in your garage during the frigid days of winter, then buying a garage heater is a great idea. Several of my neighbors recently bought electric garage heaters and now they are comfortable while doing woodworking or car repairs in what otherwise would have been a cold space. The most common types of garage heaters are electric, propane, gas, or natural gas. My friends were able to find some decent deals on garage heaters at Home Depot and I have seen them listed at Lowes, Sears, and Wal-Mart as well. Unfortunately, they tend to be seasonal items and these stores drop them after only a few months. We recommended checking on Amazon.com since they carry almost all their inventory year round, offer FREE shipping, and often have prices that are below what you find in retail stores. Garage heating systems are reasonably priced given the freedom they will give you when wanting to work in your garage on cold days. The small garage heaters run about $100 and the larger, 45000 BTU garage heating devices run $300 or more. One of the most popular models we could find was the Dayton G73 which only puts out 17000+ BTU but it's still top rated by consumers.
Buying Guide - The first thing to consider when you are shopping for a garage heater is the size of your garage. The vast majority of heating systems will warm up to 500 square feet of space. Some of the smaller electric garage heaters are perfect for small areas, say your workshop. Gas and oil garage heaters will be more expensive than the electric variety but do a better job of heating larger areas. Ideally you can get a portable unit that goes in the garage or out on your back porch or deck if needed. There are some that get mounted on the garage wall or are freestanding units that have built in thermostats. Propane garage heaters are efficient in both large and small garages and the natural gas garage heaters are gaining in popularity. No matter which type you choose, make sure you follow the instructions when installing one. Garage heater installation is not difficult, but sometimes it requires wiring and electrical knowledge. When you are in doubt, always call a specialist to assist with the install. Infrared garage heaters are another type worth mentioning. Experts say to avoid the high intensity heaters and go with the low intensity infrared tube garage heaters when buying them for residential use. They burn natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas, usually require an electrical connection and need an exhaust (vent) to the outside. Garage heater reviews - we found lots of websites with in depth articles and owner feedback. We suggest checking out Garage-heaters.net, Northerntool.com, and Houseneeds.com. You can read up on the Dayton G73, the Mr. Heater Big Maxx, Dimplex DGWH4031, Q-Mark products, and the Reddy Heater 30,000 BTU. You can browse the top selling garage heaters online here.