Heating your garden is simple, but what about those unusual spaces that aren’t quite indoors or outdoors? Follow this guide for a safer way.Read more
Why Is Heating A Garage So Complicated?
Since the pandemic, more and more of us are realising our conservatories and garages make for fantastic workspaces for a range of hobbies and tasks. Whether it’s building model railways in a garage, or turning your conservatory into a sewing den.
However, keeping these spaces warm can be a huge challenge, for a few key reasons.
As a rule, these near outdoor spaces tend to be very poorly insulated, and often they’re not connected to your central heating. This helps save money during construction- as these areas aren’t especially designed with actual long-term use in mind- but it can be a pain down the line if you decide you want to do something special with a space.
Connecting these rooms to your central heating is very expensive, and that’s before you add on the cost of insulation. What options do you have?
Can I Use A Propane Heater?
Sort of. But you probably shouldn’t.
There are a few propane or gas heaters that are designed especially for indoor use. However, these come with a huge number of safety caveats that make them very cumbersome to use on a regular basis.
The most important is that with a propane heater there’s always a risk of toxic gases leaking into your space. Propane heaters emit a steady stream of CO₂, which needs to be dispersed. Naturally this isn’t a problem for your health when you use them outdoors (although it is for the environment), but it’s a huge risk in an enclosed room.
You must always ensure the space is well-ventilated, with doors and windows left open. This means your heater will have to work a lot harder to keep you feeling warm, wasting a lot of energy.
You’ll also need to make extra sure your heater is on a non-flammable surface, and at least 3 feet away from anything flammable. It’s also important to think about if children or pets will be using the space, as this is an extra risk factor.
Finally, gas and propane heaters need regular maintenance, particularly around the valves and hose, to ensure there’s no unexpected gas leaks.
All these extra rules add a lot of complicated hassle to using your space comfortably.
Is There A Better Way?
Yes! Our IR Bar heaters are perfect for use in conservatories, enclosed patios and garages.
Since they’re powered entirely by electricity, they don’t burn any fuel on site. That means they’re already a lot safer compared to gas or propane heaters. There’s no risk of toxic gas leaks.
You also don’t need to stress about maintaining them. IR heaters don’t contain moving parts so they rarely need looking after. Occasionally wipe downs to remove dust and residue are all you’ll need to worry about.
Our bar heaters are also designed to be mounted on your wall, which also makes them a great choice if you have children or pets, as they’re much less likely to touch them.
The 1800w Helios Infrared Bar Heater is a great jumping off point to explore this range!