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How To Heat A Cold Garage
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How to Install Electrical Wiring for an Electric Floor Heating System to Heat Your Garage: the first thing I would recommend is to seal up any air leaks and insulate the walls and the ceiling of the garage where ever possible. If you must use electricity to heat then a 240 volt unit would be much better than 120 volt.
Installing Electric Heat for a Cold Garage
- After doing my research, I’ve realized that I have 2 options:
- 1 – Go all out and get a good (240 volt) garage heater, or
- 2 – buy a few 120 volt space/convection heaters to heat up the area.
The problem with 1, of course, is that all outlets are standard 120 volt.
- That said, if I DID try to go the garage heater route, what steps do I need to take?
- I am definitely not going to try to wire things on my own, and I would have a professional electrician do it.
- Would I go to my power company to do this or should I contact an electrician?
- Can you estimate about how much the process will cost?
- And finally, and sorry if this is a dumb question, is there anyway I could instead use the same outlet as my refrigerator to plug in and run the 240 volt garage heater? Frigidaire refrigerator model #FRT21LR7DS3.
- We could easily run the wire into the kitchen if needed.
Thanks for any help!
This electrical wiring question came from: Rachel, a Homeowner from Athens, GA.
Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Rachel.
How to Install Electrical Wiring for an Electric Floor Heating System to Heat Your Garage
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Electrical Wiring for an Electric Floor Heating System
- Rachael, the first thing I would recommend is to seal up any air leaks and insulate the walls and the ceiling of the garage where ever possible.
- If you must use electricity to heat then a 240 volt unit would be much better than 120 volt.
- If the space will be used continuously then I would highly recommend installing a cable system in the floor.
- These in floor cable systems heat from the floor up which makes it much more comfortable.
- If the garage has a high ceiling then consider installing a ceiling fan as well which will help bring the heat down from the ceiling.
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