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Central heating systems aren't usually connected to garages because they're not insulated enough to retain heat. As a result, they can cause a significant amount of bleed-off in temperature, wasting both your energy and your money. Therefore, these garage heaters are ideal for heating garages, shops, and work areas.
Garage heaters, unlike other heaters, are primarily used for spot heating because garages aren't suitable for ambient heating. These heaters should be mounted or placed near work areas and directed exactly to the people or objects that need to be warmed. Be sure that the garage heater is mounted or placed in an area that's free from debris such as wood chips or shavings, because the heater can start to use even more energy if its airflow intake is blocked.
Garage heaters, or shop heaters, vary in power and size, but they usually range from 1500 watts to 5600 watts, meaning they have the ability to heat areas from 150 to 560 square feet. Additionally, most garage heaters use 240-volt plugs that cannot be powered through standard plug outlets. Read our heater buying guide or more information regarding wattage and voltage.
Most garage heaters are mounted near the ceiling and pointed towards the general work area. In order to allow unobstructed air flow, be sure to leave sufficient space around the garage heater. Most of our non-portable shop heaters also come with hardware for mounting the garage heater to the walls or ceiling. Garage heaters can also be placed on the floor and are very effective when pointed toward the objects that need warmth the most.
Need additional recommendations? See our recommended garage heaters.