The winters in Ohio can get pretty cold. Fortunately, your house is properly heated to remain comfortable all season. What about attic and garage heating, though? Will doing so benefit your home? How much energy will it use? Here’s what you need to know about attic and garage heating.
The first step in improving attic and garage heating is insulation. By slowing the flow of heat, insulation keeps things warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Your attic should already be insulated to improve HVAC efficiency, but make sure you have enough insulation. Does the insulation cover the floor joists? If not, you need more.
Of course, that insulation is designed to keep heat out of your attic so it stays sealed in your home. If you want to retain heat in the attic, consider adding insulation to the walls and the ceiling as well.
Garage insulation can be beneficial, too, particularly if you have a metal garage door. Metal conducts heat easily, which means the door will become very cold in the winter. That cold will then spread through the rest of the garage. If you want your garage to be warmer, talk to your HVAC contractor about insulating the door and walls.
Other Attic and Garage Heating Ideas
If you just want heat sporadically, consider a space heater to keep you warm without a lot of extra renovations. Just be sure to never leave the heater running when you’re not in the room. Not only does doing so waste energy, it’s a fire hazard. Next, look for air leaks. Perform an energy audit to locate areas where cold air might be coming in and seal the leaks.
If you spend a lot of time in your garage or attic and need attic and garage heating on a regular basis, consider a mini split. It can regulate the temperature for a specific area without affecting the rest of the house. It’s an efficient and effective heating option without the hassle and expense of extending your ductwork.
For help with attic and garage heating in your home, contact us at Detmer and Sons. Dayton’s home comfort is our top priority.