Top 4 Ways to Turn Your Garage into a Heated Garage

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Alaskan winters aren’t just cold, they’re downright brutal. And while you might be ready to hibernate inside, your garage often endures the brunt of the freeze. Imagine this: stepping into a warm, welcoming space instead of a frosty battleground every time you need your car, tools, or a cozy corner for hobbies.

Now, forget the bulky winter gear for a moment. Picture yourself tinkering on projects in a comfortable space, or storing your car away from the icy grip. Sounds pretty good, right? We’re here to help you make your vision of heating a garage a reality.

But here’s the thing: we’re not interested in quick fixes or last-minute scrambles. We believe in proactive maintenance, helping you avoid the headaches (and expenses!) of reactive repairs. We’ll share the top 4 secrets to conquering the cold, from sealing those sneaky drafts to choosing the perfect heating system.

Seal the Leaks

Picture this: you crank up the heat in your newly transformed garage, only to have it whisked away by unseen air leaks. Frustrating, right? That’s why the first step to a toasty haven is sealing those sneaky drafts. Think of it like plugging the holes in a bucket – you wouldn’t pour water in without fixing the leaks, would you?

Here’s the good news: sealing leaks is easier than you think. Start by focusing on these key areas:

The garage door: The biggest culprit! Check for gaps around the edges, especially where the door meets the frame and floor. Look for worn-out weatherstripping and consider adding a threshold seal.

Windows: Even small cracks can let in a surprising amount of cold air. Inspect the frames and sashes for gaps, and re-caulk if needed. Don’t forget storm windows if you have them!

Foundation: Crawl space openings, cracks around pipes, and gaps near the garage door can all be sneaky sources of drafts. Seal them up with caulk, foam sealant, or weatherstripping specifically designed for foundations.

But how does sealing leaks actually work? It’s simple: by blocking those tiny air passages, you prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from sneaking in. This means your heating system works less, saving you money and keeping your garage consistently comfortable. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how much quieter your garage becomes – no more whistling drafts!

Insulate Wisely

Now that you’ve banished the drafts, it’s time to trap the heat like a cozy winter blanket. This is where insulation comes in, your secret weapon against the Alaskan chill. But with so many types available, which one’s right for your garage?

Think of insulation as tiny air pockets that resist heat flow. The more air pockets, the better the insulation value, measured in R-value. Here’s a breakdown of popular options for garages:

Fiberglass batts: Affordable and easy to install, ideal for walls and ceilings. Choose unfaced batts if adding a vapor barrier.

Rigid foam boards: Offer high R-value per inch, perfect for tight spaces like around garage doors and foundation walls. Choose foil-faced boards for added radiant heat protection.

Spray foam: The ultimate air sealing and insulation combo, but pricier and best left to professionals. Ideal for uneven surfaces and attics.

Where to focus your insulating efforts? Prioritize these areas:

Walls: The bigger the surface area, the more heat loss it can prevent

Ceiling: Heat naturally rises, so don’t let it escape! Pay attention to attic access if present.

Garage door: This is a major heat loss point. Consider specialized insulation kits or rigid foam boards.

So, how does proper insulation make a difference? Imagine your garage as a thermos. Good insulation is like the thick walls that keep your drink hot – it traps the heat generated by your heater, making it work less and keeping your garage consistently warm. Plus, you’ll see a noticeable dip in your heating bills, making your wallet as happy as your toasty toes.

Remember, insulation is an investment that pays off in long-term comfort and energy savings. Choose the right type and target the key areas, and your garage will transform from a frigid foe to a warm and welcoming friend, ready to brave the Alaskan winter alongside you.

Choose the Right Heater

Conquering the cold doesn’t stop at sealing leaks and trapping heat. Now it’s time to choose a heater to transform your garage into a winter oasis. But with various options like forced air and water-based heaters, which one is right for you? Keep in mind, options may be limited based on what type of heating system heats the rest of your home.

Forced air heaters: These workhorses circulate warm air throughout the garage, offering even heating for larger spaces. The most common types of furnaces are forced air systems. Pros: efficient, heats quickly, good for workshops. Cons: higher installation cost, can stir up dust, noisy operation.

Water-based heaters: Think targeted warmth, like sunshine on a cold day. These heaters directly warm objects and people in their path, ideal for specific areas. Pros: efficient, quiet, affordable options available. Cons: uneven heating, not ideal for large spaces, safety concerns if positioned poorly.

Remember, the “best” heater depends on your unique needs:

Garage size: Consider square footage and ceiling height for proper heating capacity.

Budget: Costs vary depending on heater type, size, and fuel source.

Usage: Frequent use justifies a more efficient option, while occasional use might favor affordability.

Fuel source: Choose between natural gas and propane, considering availability and cost.

Safety first! Always prioritize heaters with safety features like automatic shut-offs and proper ventilation, especially for fuel-burning options.

The right heater is crucial for creating a comfortable and safe haven in your garage. Consider your needs, weigh the pros and cons of each option, and don’t hesitate to consult a professional for personalized advice. Remember, a well-chosen heater is an investment in warmth, comfort, and peace of mind throughout the Alaskan winter.

Conduct Regular Maintenance

Your chosen heater needs consistent care to function optimally and face the Alaskan winter head-on. Just like regular service keeps your car dependable, proactive maintenance ensures your garage heater performs at its best. While the specific tasks vary depending on your system, here’s a general approach:

Forced Air: Schedule annual inspections to clean components and identify potential issues.

Water-based Heaters: Regularly remove dust and debris from heating elements for continued safety and efficiency. Consider annual professional inspections for gas or propane models.

Why is regular maintenance crucial? It’s not just about maintaining warmth in your garage. Proactive care offers several benefits:

Extended Lifespan: Similar to how regular checkups keep you healthy, proper maintenance keeps your heater running smoothly for years.

Optimal Performance: A well-maintained heater operates efficiently, consuming less energy and saving you money on heating bills.

Safety First: Regular inspections and cleaning identify potential problems before they pose safety hazards, giving you peace of mind.

Fewer Headaches: Addressing minor issues early on prevents costly repairs and disruptions later, ensuring consistent winter comfort in your garage.

By following these guidelines and considering professional assistance when needed, you’ll ensure your garage remains a warm and welcoming haven, ready to conquer the Alaskan winter by your side.

Trust Mountain Mechanical For Your Heated Garage Needs

By following these five key steps, you’re well on your way to transforming your once frosty garage into a warm and welcoming haven, ready to conquer the Alaskan winter. Remember, a comfortable garage isn’t just about escaping the chill; it’s about creating a functional and versatile space to enjoy throughout the year.

However, navigating the complexities of heating systems, insulation strategies, and maintenance routines can feel daunting. Here’s where Mountain Mechanical, your trusted Alaskan HVAC and plumbing experts, comes in.

We understand the unique challenges of Alaskan winters and have the expertise to guide you through every step of transforming your garage. From recommending the perfect heating system to crafting a customized insulation plan and providing ongoing maintenance, our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and long-lasting solutions.

We believe in proactive care, saving you from the headaches and expenses of reactive repairs. Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or prefer expert assistance, we’re here to empower you with the knowledge and resources you need to achieve garage nirvana. Contact Mountain Mechanical today and let us help you turn your dream of a warm and functional garage into a reality. Together, we can create a space that defies the cold and adds another layer of comfort and enjoyment to your Alaskan home.

Key Takeaways

Seal the leaks: Drafty doors, windows, and foundations can steal heat and lead to higher energy bills. Address these areas first for maximum impact.

Insulate wisely: Choose the right insulation type and target key areas like walls, ceilings, and the garage door to trap heat effectively.

Pick the perfect heater: Consider your needs, like garage size, budget, and usage, when choosing between forced air and water-based heaters. Prioritize safety features.

Maintain like a pro: Regular maintenance extends your heater’s lifespan, optimizes performance, and prevents costly repairs.

Seek expert help: Don’t hesitate to consult professionals like Mountain Mechanical for personalized advice, system recommendations, and reliable garage heating solutions.

An Anchorage Plumbing and Heating Company you can trust.

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Always On Call Mountain Mechanical is the Anchorage plumbing & heating company you can trust with your residential and small commercial plumbing and heating needs. 

We are committed to exceptional service. 

Whether if you are calling about plumbing or heating, you are greeted with exceptional customer service. Our team of experts will walk you through concerns, options, and costs. 

Our friendly staff will be happy to explain your options clearly and, when possible, provide a range of options. As experts in all types of Anchorage plumbing and heating jobs, we have solutions on hand for most plumbing and heating issues.

We are family

Always on Call Mountain Mechanical was started by Pat and Danielle Knowles in 1986. Today, the company is still run by the Knowles family – now more inclusive of the next generation: Emily Knowles, Jessie Embley, and Matt Schumaker. 

This family-owned and operated business makes customers feel like family. Mountain Mechanical takes pride in serving all of its clients with all their plumbing and heating needs. 

We offer specials

Keep an eye on our specials page. Mountain Mechanical saw a need to help people save money on some of the most important, most basic needs Alaskans have: heat, hot water, and safe home heating systems. That is why they offer Winter Start-Up specials and March Madness heating system install, and duct cleaning specials. 

An Anchorage plumbing & heating company you can trust

Always on Call Mountain Mechanical can handle everything from simple pipe repair to heating system installations with the professionalism you need and deserve. Call us with all of your Anchorage plumbing & heating needs

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What you need to know about furnace repair.

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Furnace Repair

We understand the stress and headache that a malfunctioning furnace in the middle of winter can cause. Not only is it an inconvenience for you and your family, but it’s also a concern for safety in your house. 

If you start to notice inaccuracies in your furnace like not producing heat, not turning on, blowing cold air, etc., we encourage you to have an HVAC expert address your concerns. 

Here are some common furnace repair questions you may have:  

#1: How much does furnace repair cost?

The short answer is that it depends on what repairs are needed. We see a ballpark average furnace repair cost around $500 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Gas Furnace

Due to the complexity of gas furnaces, furnace repairs may require more time to service and additional costs for parts. Gas furnaces can run (on average) $450 – $1,200 for repairs. Costs will vary based on the manufacturer, availability of parts, and the time it takes to do the repairs.

#2: How much do furnace parts cost?

Here are some of the most common parts that we replace when furnaces malfunction. Please note that prices vary based on furnace and part makes and models. Some manufacturers allow universal parts to be used on their products, others require brand specific parts, which can affect the price of the parts.

  • Blower Motor Capacitor $150 – $450
  • Blower Motor $400 – $1,500
  • Igniter $150 – $300
  • Relay Switch $150 – $300
  • Thermocouple $100 – $250
  • Control & Circuit Board $200 – $1,250

          #3: How much does an after-hours emergency call cost?

          We understand that furnace malfunctions happen at all times of day, which is why we are always on call to help you. 

          • Service Calls: During business hours the base service rate is $140 per hour, with a 1 hour minimum. During this time, our HVAC experts will assess your heating unit, discuss any repair or replacement recommendations (with costs) and get to work right away, or schedule time for future repairs. 
          • After-Hour Services: (evenings and weekends). We understand that our response time is critical during after-hours and emergency calls. The average emergency call service fee is around $360 – $500. Please note this does not include part costs. 

          Prevent furnace malfunctions with annual maintenance. Our winter start-up inspections detect problems early before they cause issues or require replacement. Call us today to schedule a furnace maintenance check with one of our experts.

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