How We Made Our Own Solar Air Heater For Under $100

A $40 insulation job on the garage door of my previous house saved hundreds of dollars of fuel. When it comes to heating systems and appliances, there are many, many options, including: gas furnaces, oil- burning boilers and radiators, wood stoves, pellet stoves, propane heaters (both built-in and portable), solar walls, radiant floor heaters, hot- water unit and baseboard heaters, portable electric space heaters, electric unit heaters and mini-split heat pumps.

I spoke to the guy again this morning about the special pipe needed and he said more or less what you’re saying, that I should have a pro install this but he said for my purpose, he doesn’t think it is worth it, he said that if I were to bu using the wood stove as my everyday heat then it would be worth the trouble but just 4 days per month doesn’t seem worthwhile.

If the walls and ceiling are not covered with sheet rock or the garage is drafty then you may consider portable heater units that produce direct radiant heat that is either infra red or a quartz tube type of heater, however keep in mind that portable heaters should have built in safety switches that turn off the unit automatically if the heating unit tips or falls over.

We have found that a hot air furnace moves too much air(dust) aroundInfrared works alright but gets we found what works nice is ceramic in to the 110 and 1 will heat 10×10 area so you need are about $90 apieceMount flat on the wall and the manurfacture says that they can be painted with a mural so it doesn’t matter if you get paint on stick out about one inch on the wall,about 2×3.Relatively inexpensive to run.I’ll try to post some more info if anyones to heat a garage

But that low air temperature and high mean radiant temperature can’t be sustained over long periods of time because delivered radiant heat is inevitably re-expressed as conductionMovement of heat through a material as kinetic energy is transferred from molecule to molecule; the handle of an iron skillet on the stove gets hot due to heat conduction.

When you look into the next house, some other things to look into: earth berming – you might read a book by Rob Roy (not that one) called Earth Sheltered Houses”, you can often earth berm an existing house so long as you reinforce the structure for the extra weight — and radiant flooring, which use miniscule amounts of heat (something like a lightbulb) but allow you to reduce the heat big-time – my parents have them and it makes such a difference in their always-cold house.

I installed PEX in my garage floor with the intent of adding solar hot water heating but when I saw the system that Chuck Jensen installed for his garage, I thought that might be a simpler solution; however, I am somewhat intimidated by all the gauges and other aspects of this system without professional help….and as a consummate DIYer was wondering if there is a source that anyone can refer me to that helps me understand what all would be required for such a system.

It sounds like your response is specific to woodburning stoves, but not necessarily pellet stoves, which I understand are a somewhat novel development that burn wood scraps compressed into pellets, that are very, very cheap to purchase about $3 for 40lbs, which is supposed to last 2 days – in other words ($45/mo) plus some small amount of electricity to run them.

What we need is energy efficient and cheap to produce homes with no need for infrastructure like electricity, plumbing etc. Few garage doors go flush to the floor and a lot of warm air can escape under the door. Some people have chose to fill the soda cans with sand in order to retain the heat it has collected throughout the day to continue heating during the evening.

Despite the fact that this is the third option we are discussing for the best way to heat your garage, there are in fact a couple of different alternative electric garage heaters. For radiant floor heating, various zones are typically set up in a home-run” style of manifold. In this location, the air can simply pass over the cans (there’s about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch between the cans and the upper edge of the 2×4 frame) and not really pick up that much heat. If you can get the garage considerably warmer than the outside air, that and some ventilation should control the dampness.

We’d have it on pretty consistently throughout the day, and didn’t notice much of a change in our electricity bill. Where I live right now, there is over twice the annual number of hours of winter sunshine compared to the cloudy great lakes region where I grew up. So South-facing windows are a bigger payoff here, while people back home get more benefit from highly insulated double or triple-plane windows. Infrared heat will take a while to warm things up, since it warms up objects and not the air, but it will be more localized to the floor area.

The floor is not as warm as my parents radiant floors in their home, but it is rather nice. Almost all of the electricity you use in your house ends up being converted to heat, with 100% efficiency. Believe it or not, I got this one for free also, I just had to resize the burner down to 60,000btu’s. Judging by what you’re planning on using it for, you may want fairly quick heat.

Big box stores often have options that are under $200 and can easily heat a small to average, 2-car garage. Good energy design targets the heat to where it’s needed when it’s needed, and also this parasitic heat doesn’t go away in summer, where it is hot in CO I believe 😉 So you get to be more comfortable in winter and less comfortable in summer. If you’re wondering What is the best garage heater for me?” then these best garage heater reviews are bound to help you make your decision. He recently added insulation in the garage attic, and at least in mid-November was enjoying temperatures 30 degrees above outside ambient air.

This makes sense if you’ll be upgrading the finished floor anyway and you don’t mind losing about 2½ inches of ceiling height. Radiators: Radiators are historically the most common form of radiant heat and can be costly to install/repair due to lack of knowledge by modern forced air furnace technicians. Better hot water heaters and boilers are fairly close in efficiency, but most hot water heaters create a lot less heat than most boilers. Another option would be to increase the insulation of your garage substantially!

I doubt a dryer with just damp cloths is going to create enough humidity in a garage to create any problems. Writing from the Chicago area, reader WD tells the tale of a neighbor who installed a fancy gas-fired furnace in his three-bay garage but then found he rarely uses it. Maybe that’s because an attached garage picks up enough residual heat from the house, as WD found in his own case. I did install a ceiling fan and those foam lock together floor pads in my main work areas.