Heating your Newly Converted Garage

Garage heating

When you’re thinking about converting your garage there are many different factors you need to consider. One of the most important elements of your new conversion will be the method of heating you choose. You want to find out the most cost effective and safe choice for your individual property. There are a few different ways you can heat your garage conversion from electric radiators to underfloor heating, it’s time to explore an array of options to suit your needs.

Underfloor Heating

This is an effective heating option that is out of sight and doesn’t use up any space on the walls. Essentially, the entire floor turns into a radiator via warm water pipes. There are a few pros and cons to consider with this method of heating:

Pros

  • It operates at a lower temperature which makes it more efficient
  • It is well suited to heat pumps making it a renewable piece of technology
  • It is aesthetically pleasing as you can’t see underfloor heating, so there is no impact on the interior design

Cons

  • Underfloor heating is not instantaneous; it takes a couple of hours to heat up a room
  • You might need to consider the floor finish
  • Underfloor heating usually costs more to install and maintain

Radiators

Radiators are probably one of the most popular of heating options, but you can choose from gas or electric. Radiators are very quick to warm up and easy to control. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of radiators:

Pros

  • They are very quick to respond to changes in temperature
  • They are familiar and understood by most engineers
  • They are cheap to install and less disruptive to the home

Cons

  • They don’t always distribute an even heat throughout the room
  • They cool down more quickly than underfloor heating
  • They are less efficient and they take up wall space

When it comes to choosing between electric radiators or gas, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, electric radiators won’t be affected by potential boiler breakdowns and they are also silent to run. Electric radiators are also very good for the environment as there are zero emissions.

Wood Burners

If you’re looking for a renewable energy source, then burning woody materials will be your first port of call. Here are the pros and cons to consider:

Pros

  • It is cheaper than heating oil or natural gas
  • You can benefit local businesses by purchasing wood
  • Wood burning systems emit fewer pollutants into the air than coal and oil

Cons

  • Constant use requires a continual supply of logs and wood chips
  • Wood systems require more space to store bulky fuel
  • The upfront cost of building a wood energy facility is quite high

All in all, you need to choose the best heating method for your new garage conversion. If you’re looking to save money then it might be a good idea to steer clear of underfloor heating. However, if you want a long lasting option that has served people well for many years then a gas radiator might be best option for you. Explore all of your options and you will soon be able to find the best heating option for your property.

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