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

Comfortable isn’t typically a word used to talk about a garage. But many homeowners take full advantage of this space as a workshop for home improvement projects or hobbies like woodworking. Mulling transforming your garage into a home woodshop? By adding heating and cooling, you’ll be able to utilize the space throughout the year.

Common systems, like a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are typically expensive due to the ductwork that’s needed. Also, garages are sometimes not connected to your home.

The two most frequently used styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, as they don’t have to have ductwork. But which type should you select? It’s essential to be aware of each to choose the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust demands extra planning since these particles can fill up filters and decrease your system’s efficiency.

We break down the differences to help you select the best solution for your needs.

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling

Ductless mini-splits much like a heat pump, since they transfer heat instead of generating it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re mounted on your wall and join to an exterior unit by a small hole in the wall.

A mini-split air conditioner is prized for its energy efficiency and quiet operation. This makes it ideal for craftsmen searching for a tranquil, comfortable location to work. Since they deliver both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be used all year round.

Because wood expands with adjustments in temperature, complete control over heating and cooling is extremely beneficial. Most carpenters and woodworkers recommend completing woodworking in temperatures similar to where the completed product will be used.

Changing your filter frequently is an important part of upkeep. Sanding creates a lot of sawdust. If you don’t change your mini-split’s filter, you might lower your system’s efficiency and lifetime.

A mini-split also needs frequent service from a experienced HVAC technician, like one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Keeping its internal components clean and lubricated will help reduce the probability of interruptions in comfort and could even help it work for a greater period of time.

Garage Heaters: Ideal for Chilly Climates

Garage heaters operate slightly differently. They create heated air, so it’s best to compare one to a mini furnace. They’re mounted on the ceiling, usually in a corner. If you rely on your garage for extra storage, keep in mind that these heaters will eat up a part the overhead space.

A key difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the type of fuel they run on, since mini-splits are electric. Propane or natural gas garage heaters are both standard kinds, but there are electric garage heaters as well if you don’t want to worry about fuel hookups.

Garage heaters include a feature that makes them advantageous over a mini-split system. They don’t require a filter and some models have sealed combustion chambers, which stops sawdust from infiltrating those internal components.

Key Distinctions Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters

In the long run there are a lot of things to consider, such as the climate in the U.S.. These encompass:

    • Whether you are looking for both heating and cooling, or just heating.
    • Your budget.
    • How much ceiling room you have in your woodshop.
    • How much time and money you want to devote to upkeep.

Ductless mini-split systems cost more up front than garage heaters. If you don’t plan on using your woodshop often, this may not be the most budget-friendly solution. But woodshops in climates with big shifts in temps may benefit from enhanced control.

Garage heaters are a simpler, more reasonably priced solution. Different models consume differing fuel sources to make heat only, making them ill-suited for warm climates. Gas or propane garage heaters are best if fuel costs are more reasonable. They’re not as energy efficient, so frequent use may create bigger utility expenses. But the superior heat generation is recommended in cooler areas.

For skilled advice and installation, call the HVAC Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ll help you make the right choice. And with quality repair and maintenance services, your shop will be a productive area for many years to come. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule a free home comfort assessment or appointment now.

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