Mini-Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What’s Right for My Woodworking Space?

Comfy isn’t often a word used to describe a garage. But many homeowners take full advantage of this location as a workshop for home improvement projects or pastimes such as woodworking. Thinking about changing your garage into a home woodshop? By installing heating and cooling, you’ll have the ability to utilize the space all year. 

Common systems, such as a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are typically pricey because of the ductwork that’s needed. Also, garages are frequently separate. 

The two most frequently used styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, as they don’t require ductwork. But which type should you go with? It’s important to be aware of each to choose the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust demands special thought as these particles can bog down filters and lower your system’s efficiency. 

We go over the differences to help you select the right solution for your budget. 

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling 

Ductless mini-splits are similar to a heat pump, as they move heat instead of making it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re mounted on your wall and link to an outdoor unit with a small hole in the wall. 

A mini-split air conditioner is loved for its energy efficiency and nearly silent operation. This makes it great for craftsmen looking for a tranquil, cozy location to work. Because they offer both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be operated throughout the year. 

Because wood shrinks with shifts in temperature, total control over heating and cooling is extremely useful. Many carpenters and woodworkers suggest finishing work in temperatures much like where the completed creation will be used. 

Checking your filter frequently is an essential piece of upkeep. Sanding creates a lot of sawdust. If you don’t change your mini-split’s filter, you may decrease your system’s efficiency and longevity. 

A mini-split also requires routine service from a professional HVAC tech, like one from Calverley Service Experts. Keeping its internal pieces clean and lubricated will help lower the probability of malfunctions and could even help it run for a greater period of time. 

Garage Heaters: Ideal for Chilly Climates 

Garage heaters operate a little differently. They make warmth, so it’s best to compare one to a little furnace. They’re fixed on the ceiling, typically in a corner. If you rely on your garage for extra storage, know that these heaters will eat up a portion the overhead area. 

The biggest difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the type of fuel they need, as mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both typical types, but there are electric garage heaters as well if you don’t want to bother with fuel connections. 

Garage heaters include a bonus that makes them slightly better than a mini-split system. They don’t require a filter and some models have closed combustion chambers, which keeps sawdust from reaching those internal parts. 

Key Variations Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters 

In the end there are a lot of things to think over, such as the weather in Fort Worth. These involve: 

  • Whether you want both heating and cooling, or only heating. 
  • Your budget. 
  • How much overhead room you have in your garage. 
  • How much time and money you want to dedicate to service. 

Ductless mini-split systems run more to begin with than garage heaters. If you won’t need your garage frequently, this may not be the smartest solution. But woodshops in locations with big shifts in temps may benefit from more precise control. 

Garage heaters are a simpler, budget-friendly option. Different models consume differing fuel sources to create heat only, making them ill-suited for warmer areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are more reasonable. They’re not as energy efficient, so frequent use may lead to bigger utility costs. But the superior heat generation is desired in cooler areas. 

For dependable advice and installation, go with the HVAC Experts at Calverley Service Experts. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with excellent repair and maintenance services, your garage will be a productive location for a long time. Contact us at 817-380-5647 to book a free home comfort assessment or appointment now. 

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