Can I Run My Garage Heater All the Time?

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As winter comes to the Twin Cities, keeping your garage warm becomes a priority for many homeowners. At Dean’s Home Services, we often get questions about garage heaters, especially about the safety and efficiency of running them continuously, so we’ve put together this guide to answer some of the most common questions.

Is It Safe To Run Your Garage Heater Constantly?

Safety is the most important thing to consider when operating any heating system. The good news is that modern garage heaters are designed to be safe for continuous use as long as they’re properly installed and maintained.

However, homeowners should also think about a few other factors:

  • Ventilation: Proper ventilation is critical to prevent the buildup of harmful gases, especially in tightly sealed garages.
  • Regular maintenance: Garage heaters need regular checkups like any appliance to ensure they’re working efficiently and safely.
  • Impact on vehicles: If you’re storing vehicles in the garage, keeping the heater on can prevent engine fluids from freezing, which is a big plus in our chilly Minneapolis and St. Paul winters.
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The Energy Consumption of Running Your Garage Heater

Running a garage heater continuously can significantly impact your energy bills. The cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency of your garage heater depends on several factors:

  • Type of heater: Electric heaters tend to use more energy compared to gas or propane heaters.
  • Insulation: A well-insulated garage retains heat better, requiring less energy to keep it warm.
  • Thermostat settings: Lowering the thermostat a few degrees can make a substantial difference in energy consumption without compromising comfort.

What We Recommend

So, can you run your garage heater all the time? At Dean’s Home Services, we recommend a balanced approach to using your garage heater. If you follow our recommendations, you can keep your garage more comfortable without wasting energy or your hard-earned dollars.

  • Insulate your garage: Proper insulation keeps heat in, reducing the need for constant heating.
  • Use a programmable thermostat: This allows you to set lower temperatures when the garage is not in use, saving energy while keeping the space from getting too cold.
  • Regular maintenance checks: Have our Dean’s professionals check your heating system annually to ensure it’s running safely and efficiently.
  • Be mindful of continuous use: If you decide to keep your heater on continuously, be on the lookout for any signs of malfunction or unusual noises.

Why Choose Dean’s?

When it comes to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services in the Twin Cities, Dean’s Home Services is the area’s go-to expert. Our family-owned and -operated business is committed to providing outrageously professional services and exceptional customer service. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience and delivers same-day service to help you with your urgent needs.

As a licensed and insured company, we prioritize your safety and peace of mind in every job. Our upfront pricing policy and free estimates on installations and replacements mean you always know what to expect without any surprises. Choose Dean’s Home Services for a reliable, professional, and enjoyable service experience every time.

Call Dean’s at 763-515-4852 to schedule garage heater services in the Twin Cities area.

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