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

Cozy isn’t usually 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 pastimes such as woodworking. Thinking about changing your garage into a home woodshop? By having heating and cooling, you’ll be able to use the area year-round. 

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

The two most frequently used styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, as they don’t need ductwork. But which type should you select? It’s critical to be aware of each to find the most energy-efficient solution for your situation. Sawdust needs special thought since these particles can bog down filters and reduce your system’s efficiency. 

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

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling 

Ductless mini-splits much like a heat pump, as they shift heat instead of making it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re mounted on your wall and connect to an outside 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, comfy space to work. As they provide both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be run no matter the season. 

As wood contracts with shifts in temperature, total control over heating and cooling is extremely useful. A lot of carpenters and woodworkers recommend finishing work in temperatures much like where the finished 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 risk reducing your system’s efficiency and longevity. 

A mini-split also requires regular service from a experienced HVAC tech, like one from Levy & Son Service Experts. Keeping its internal components clean and lubricated will help reduce the likelihood of malfunctions and might even help it run longer. 

Garage Heaters: Ideal for Chilly Climates 

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

A key difference between garage heaters and mini-split systems is the type of fuel they need, since 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 add fuel connections. 

Garage heaters come with a bonus that gives them a leg up on a mini-split system. They don’t need 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 keep in mind, like the weather in Dallas. These encompass: 

  • Whether you are looking for both heating and cooling, or just heating. 
  • Your budget. 
  • How much overhead room you have in your shop. 
  • How much time and money you want to spend on service. 

Ductless mini-split systems run more to begin with than garage heaters. If you won’t need your woodshop frequently, this may not be the most budget-friendly plan. 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 utilize varying fuel sources to create heat only, making them ill-suited for warmer areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are low. They’re not as energy efficient, so routine use may lead to bigger utility costs. But the excellent heat generation is recommended in cooler climates. 

For knowledgeable advice and installation, go with the HVAC Experts at Levy & Son Service Experts. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with outstanding repair and maintenance services, your woodshop will be a useful space for a long time. Reach us at 469-250-0932 to book a free home comfort assessment or appointment now. 

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