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

Comfortable isn’t usually a word used to talk about a garage. But many homeowners maximize this area as a workshop for home improvement projects or pastimes such as woodworking. Mulling changing your garage into a home woodshop? By having heating and cooling, you’ll have the option use the space all year. 

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

The two most frequently used styles are garage heaters or mini-split systems, since they don’t require ductwork. But which type should you choose? It’s essential 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 option for your budget. 

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling 

Ductless mini-splits much like a heat pump, since they move heat in place of generating it. This makes them extremely energy efficient. They’re mounted on your wall and link to an exterior 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, comfortable area to work. Because they offer both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be run throughout the year. 

Because wood contracts with changes in temperature, complete control over heating and cooling is extremely useful. Most carpenters and woodworkers suggest finishing work in temperatures much like where the finished item 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 regular service from a certified HVAC tech, like one from Air Engineers Service Experts. Keeping its internal parts clean and lubricated will help lower the chance of malfunctions and might even help it run longer. 

Garage Heaters: Ideal for Chilly Climates 

Garage heaters run a bit differently. They make warmth, so it’s best to compare one to a little furnace. They’re installed 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. 

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 worry about fuel connections. 

Garage heaters come with a bonus that gives them a leg up on a mini-split system. They don’t require a filter and some models have closed combustion chambers, which keeps sawdust from getting into those internal parts. 

Key Distinctions Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters 

In the end there are lots of things to think over, including the weather in Jacksonville. These encompass: 

  • Whether you need 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 dedicate to service. 

Ductless mini-split systems are more expensive to begin with than garage heaters. If you won’t use your shop frequently, this may not be the most cost-effective solution. But woodshops in areas with big changes in temps may benefit from better control. 

Garage heaters are a simpler, budget-friendly choice. Different models consume differing fuel sources to make heat only, making them bad for warm areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are smaller. They’re not as energy efficient, so routine use may lead to higher utility costs. But the great heat generation is desired in cooler areas. 

For skilled advice and installation, go with the HVAC Experts at Air Engineers Service Experts. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with excellent repair and maintenance services, your shop will be a useful area for a long time. Give us a call at 904-450-5672 to request a free home comfort assessment or appointment now. 

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