How to Keep a Garage Warm in Winter
Keeping the garage in order
The garage is a place where you can store not only a car or motorcycle you can also use it as a workshop, recreation room, home office or gym. With the onset of frost many garage owners may have problems, so it is better to take care of a warm garage in advance. Regardless of what you use it for, you should always keep the garage at the right temperature.
In this article, we will take a closer look at how to heat your garage and also remind you of the safety tips.
So, here are our recommendations for garage maintenance:
The first thing you need to do to get your garage ready for winter is to clean it up. Any accumulation and piles can be an obstacle to firefighting and can be a good fuel for fires. Keeping your garage clean not only makes it a comfortable place to stay, but it also discourages rats and rodents that can invade in the winter.
You don’t want to turn your garage into a repository of unnecessary items. You need to be able to move around the garage quietly, without overcoming obstacles and the danger of tripping over some thing. The distance from the wall to the car should be 60 cm on each side.
If there is a leak of flammable liquid or oil, it should be cleaned up with sand.
It is not a good idea to fill up the car in the garage. The car in this case should be outdoors.
A fire extinguisher and a box of sand should be available. You should also keep several canisters of water in the garage.
Replace the seal
Now your garage is clean so you can start insulating it using different methods of insulation. There are seamless insulation materials: spray-on (foam) and brush- or roller-applied (paint). Insulation also includes sealing air leaks to prevent cold air from entering and warm air from leaving your home through holes and cracks.
Garage doors need to be insulated because they are where heat leaks out of the room. So, the smaller the opening that lets people into the garage and the better insulated the gate itself, the warmer it will be in the garage.
Over time, waterproofing ages, allowing cold air to enter your garage. If the seal is worn and feels drafty, it needs to be replaced. Scrape off any remaining sealant before applying a new sealant.
For maximum comfort and efficiency, make sure the new sealant is properly aligned with the garage door. You also need to take care of the gaskets, ensuring a tight fit around the perimeters of the door and the front door for people. This can be accomplished by closing the door and aligning the sweep so that the rubber flap is completely against the door.
Insulate the wall and door
Different types of insulation can be used for garage walls and doors. However, we recommend using fiberglass insulation. Of course, it is more convenient and cheaper to insulate the garage simultaneously with its construction. In this case, you can choose not a solid metal garage, and frame construction, sheathed with special sandwich panels, which are made of two steel sheets of thickness 0.45 mm with a laid layer of polyurethane foam of 40 mm.
When insulating the metal structure, it is lined with profiles, between which are laid sheets of basalt-based mineral wool, and the top is covered with non-combustible cladding material. Seams between the boards of sheathing is worth to fill with sealant to the structure was entire.
As for the garage door, you can add additional insulation if you feel that the sealant is not enough. There are specialized kits ideal for this type of work, including foam, fiberglass and reflective barriers.
You’ll need to carefully cut the insulation to fit the panels of your garage door. Use an approved adhesive to secure the insulation in place.
Decide on a method of heating your garage
Insulating and sealing your garage will only minimize heat loss and help prevent cold air from entering your space. They do not warm the area.
If you need extra heat, you may want to install a new garage heater You can find different types of garage heaters, including electric and gas heaters. The easiest and fairly common method is to use electric heaters, whether they are convectors, oil radiators, or so-called “heat guns.” This kind of garage heating does not require special permits, is quite economical (especially in the case of using convectors) and easy to install and use.
There are also disadvantages, especially if the garage is not initially supplied with electricity. Wiring will cost money, and the wiring in general must be of good quality. Plus, electrical appliances can not be left unattended for long periods of time. These disadvantages are deprived of the water heating system, working from the boiler.
It is very safe, but requires complex installation and purchase of the boiler, pipes, batteries and other elements. Therefore, such a system is rarely used in garages. Much more often the owners of garages are heated by furnaces on solid fuel.