Electric garage heaters are a great solution to heating your home when fuel costs are high, access to fuel is limited, or mounting flexibility is key. Unlike portable electric heaters, electric garage unit heaters are a more permanent solution for a professional environment. Electric garage unit heaters are commonly found in small workshops, greenhouses, and garages.
Now it's time to choose those final specifications!
Choosing a Voltage
Voltage is the difference in electric potential energy between two points. While the details in the physics are not so relevant for our discussion, it is important to select the right voltage for your application, as there are several options to choose from.
Residential spaces will typically require unit heaters using 120V or 240V power supplies. However, if your workshop or garage is on a commercial property, you may have access to other less common voltage options such as 208V and 480V.
The absence of any combustion or venting means electric garage heaters provide more mounting and installation options. Electric garage heaters come in both horizontal and vertical orientations, and your application will dictate which makes the most sense for you.
In most cases, horizontal will be the orientation that provides the best comfort. Horizontal unit heaters blow air outward from one side of the room to the other.
Especially effective when placed at the far end of a room or in rooms with low ceilings, horizontal electric unit heaters will provide broad coverage across your entire space.
Vertical unit heaters direct heat downward and allow it to naturally spread out horizontally. The primary application for a vertical orientation would be spot heating, although rooms with high ceilings can benefit from forcing the heat down to the ground before it rises to ensure full coverage.
If you know you're only working in one part of the room the majority of the time or if your ceilings are relatively high, a vertical garage unit heater would be a great fit.
Choosing an Mount Type
Because electric heaters are hardwired directly to your electric lines, you have much more flexibility when it comes to choosing the placement of your garage unit heater. Depending on your space's layout and your specific needs, you can choose from one of three mount types: suspended, ceiling, or wall.
Suspended unit heaters are the most common and most agile. Suspended electric unit heaters are attached to a bracket which is mounted on either the wall or ceiling. This is a great option if you want or need to mount your unit heater in a corner.
Some suspended unit heaters are able to rotate 360 degrees, enabling you to spot heat as needed. Similarly, some can be mounted at an angle, directing the heat exactly where you need.
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