Mini-Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What’s Best for My Woodshop?

Comfortable isn’t usually a word used to talk about a garage. But many homeowners maximize this space as a workshop for home improvement projects or pastimes such as woodworking. Considering transforming your garage into a home woodshop? By installing heating and cooling, you’ll have the ability to utilize the garage year-round. 

Common systems, such as a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, are typically cost-prohibitive 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 system for your budget. 

Mini-Splits: Top Marks for Heating and Cooling 

Ductless mini-splits are like a heat pump, since they move heat instead of making 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 relaxing, comfortable space to work. Since they deliver both heating and cooling, mini-splits can be used throughout the year. 

Since wood contracts with adjustments in temperature, full control over heating and cooling is extremely useful. A lot of carpenters and woodworkers advise finishing work in temperatures much like where the completed 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 life span. 

A mini-split also requires routine service from a certified HVAC tech, like one from Peachtree Service Experts. Keeping its internal pieces clean and lubricated will help decrease 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, often in a corner. If you rely on your garage for extra storage, know that these heaters will eat up a portion the overhead area. 

The main 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 bother with fuel connections. 

Garage heaters include a bonus that makes them slightly better than a mini-split system. They don’t require a filter and some models have closed combustion chambers, which keeps sawdust from reaching those internal parts. 

Key Variations Between Mini-Splits and Garage Heaters 

In the end there are a lot of things to think over, such as the weather in Atlanta. These involve: 

  • Whether you are looking for 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 run more to begin with than garage heaters. If you don’t plan on using your shop frequently, this may not be the most cost-effective solution. But woodshops in areas with big adjustments in temps may benefit from enhanced control. 

Garage heaters are a simpler, budget-friendly option. Different models use different fuel sources to create heat only, making them not a good choice for warm areas. Gas or propane garage heaters are ideal if fuel costs are smaller. They’re not as energy efficient, so regular use may lead to more expensive utility costs. But the excellent heat generation is recommended in cooler climates. 

For knowledgeable advice and installation, go with the HVAC Experts at Peachtree Service Experts. We’ll help you make the best choice. And with quality repair and maintenance services, your shop will be a useful space for a long time. Contact us at 678-235-9699 to schedule a free home comfort assessment or appointment now. 

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