The garage in our homes is mainly used for parking the car and storing extra stuff. As it happens, it also has other uses which most of us overlook. It is the one place where all our creative ideas and hobbies come to fruition. Have you ever thought about why all your extra activities begin there? Simply because it is one place where you can create a mess, store things in any fashion without having to worry about whether it looks tidy or not, and clean up after yourself at your convenience. Hence, the garage is one of those places where you may land up or already are spending hours of your time. When you spend so much time there, it is natural to want and get comfortable in the space. As a result, an increasing number of homeowners are nowadays looking to invest in either a mini-split system or a garage heater.
Why Not A Ducted System?
The garage usually has no ductwork, and so it is not feasible to use a ducted system. Also, it is one space that is opened and closed so much that it is better to have an independent unit heating and cooling it. This will save unnecessary energy expenses and give the user the freedom to control the temperature only when the garage is used.
If Not A Ducted System Then What?
Since ducted systems are out of the question, the only viable option is to go for a heating and cooling system that does not require ductwork. So your choices drill down to:
1. Mini-split systems.
2. Garage heaters.
Mini-split heating and cooling systems consist of one condenser or compressor unit, which is also known as the outdoor unit, and multiple indoor units or air handlers. The unique thing about these systems is that all air handlers connect to one compressor. So even if you have as many as 5 or 6 air handlers in your home, they will still connect to one outdoor condenser unit. The advantages of using a mini-split system in your garage are:
1. These systems require no ductwork as the air handler sends the treated air directly into the room.
2. You can turn the air handler “On” and “Off” as per convenience.
3. The air handler in the garage can be set at a different temperature from the rest of the house. It will not affect the working of any other air handler in the house.
4. These systems are energy-efficient and so will not increase your power bill significantly.
These are robust systems, and as the name itself gives the idea, they are designed keeping in mind the uniqueness of a garage. A garage heater is a comprehensive heating solution. Typically, they are mounted on the upper corner of the garage wall or the ceiling. These are an ideal solution if you need something heavy-duty and sturdy.
Mini-Split Systems Vs. Garage Heaters
Now that you understand the basic setup of the two units let’s have a glimpse at what sets them apart.
1. Price – The cost of a garage heater is nearly half that of a mini-split system. Hence, when choosing which one to buy, your budget will have a big role to play. While at it, also make provision for the installation cost in your budget else that may come across as a nasty surprise once you have purchased a unit.
2. Operating Cost – Garage heaters are very much like a furnace as they, too, need fuel to generate heat. Depending on the fuel used, the operating cost may vary. Nonetheless, on any given day, it is costlier to run a garage heater than a mini-split system. Mini-split systems use electricity to run and are energy efficient. The more the SEER value of the unit, the greater is its energy efficiency. Therefore, the operating cost associated with mini-split systems is on the lower side.
3. Heating And Cooling – Garage heaters can provide only heating. On the other hand, mini-split systems can deliver both heating and cooling. Hence, if you desire both, your choice is pretty obvious.
4. Fuel Source – Mini-split systems work on electricity. Garage heaters have a variety of fuel options to choose from. You could buy an electric one or one that runs on either gas or propane.
5. Space Requirement – In a mini-split system, if your garage is attached to the house, the outdoor unit can be the same as for the rest of the house. You will only have to mount the air handler on the garage wall. The air handler by itself will not occupy too much space. The same cannot be said for a garage heater. A garage heater is generally installed on the garage ceiling and hence, eats up prime overhead storage space.
6. Temperature Control – All mini-split systems provide precise temperature control while a garage heater does not. If you want a garage heater that allows you to do that, you will have to shell out more money.
What To Get For Your Garage
The most significant difference between a garage heater and a mini-split system is that the former provides only heating while the latter, both heating and cooling. Therefore, if you can live without cooling in the garage, buy a garage heater. Conversely, if it’s heating and cooling that you need, your only option is to buy a mini-split system. In case you are still not sure, speak to your HVAC technician.
In South Florida, the elite team of air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning can help you decide the most suitable temperature control option for your garage. Call us at +1-888-729-8452 and request a free no-obligation assessment. Our certified technician will visit your premises, understand your needs, physically assess the space, and advise accordingly. Our business deals with heating and cooling systems, so we shall not only guide you in the right direction but also install the unit and take care of its repairs and maintenance. The good news is that our services are pocket-friendly and we do not compromise on their quality. So there’s nothing to worry about. Call us today so we can get cracking.