Medium wavelength infrared
People stopped looking, long ago, at their garages as simple places to store their tools or cars. These spaces have been converted and designed to be used as workshops, work areas and even small workout rooms. Because of this reason and also for avoiding the appearance of mould, it has become almost necessary to have a heating source in your garage and as the technology is evolving today at a rapid pace, there is a variety of heaters you can choose from.
This variety includes: fan heaters, radiant gas heaters, electric heaters, gas blower heaters and so on. If you have a garage that’s poorly insulated, remember that trying to heat the garage by warming the air could be an ineffective attempt. Why? Let’s take an example: you have to do some paint work and the garage door must be left open. What will happen with the hot air inside? It will be evacuated outside, letting you stay in a cold air.
- Radiant heaters
Radiant heaters are different because they work like the rays of the sun, cutting through the air and warming you directly. In this category we have the portable gas radiant heaters which use propane gas, but propane has a few drawbacks: in case you work with solvents or flammable items, there is the risk of causing a potential fire and the propane is more expensive than electricity. Moreover, the infrared produced by gas heaters proves to be sensitive to air movement and the gas bottles will cause unnecessary dirt.
- Ceramic plaque heaters
These heaters give out medium wavelength infrared which is also sensitive to air movement and the heat is not projected very far. It will take a few minutes for the appliance to heat up, but despite these disadvantages, ceramic plaque heaters don’t run any risk if they’re used near solvents and flammable materials.
- Halogen & quartz halogen heaters
These 2 are often confused, but only a free-standing halogen heater could be bought for about 10-20 pounds. But despite its low cost, it produces a medium wavelength that’s not fully absorbed by your body. It is also sensitive to air movement, doesn’t project the heat very far and for this reasons it doesn’t have a large popularity.
Quartz halogen heaters on the other side is provided with a kind of infrared that doesn’t heat the air directly, thus leaving it insensitive to air movement. The warming effect will not disappear if you open the garage door, condensation will be reduced and a desired level of humidity is maintained. They are highly recommended and effective.
If you choose to install a quartz halogen heater, you can control them with an Energy-Saving Comfort Controller. These can be installed on a stand or on a wall and they work like some lightning dimmers which save energy when they are turned off. When using these Controllers, you have the possibility of having maximum warmth in a second.
Tip: Quartz halogen heaters also help the paint to dry quickly!