Riding season is over for most of us once there's snow on the ground. But a true rider will always be thinking about their motorcycle(s), even throughout the winter. A warm garage can be key to a gear head's mental health. So get to work!
While most garages are very drafty and not well insulated there are ways to stay warm enough to make it happen. Here are a few ways to keep working.
1.) Infrared heat
Using an Infrared heater is one of the best options and most obvious options to heat your garage. Infrared heaters can be powered by natural gas, propane, or any of the existing electric sources. But arguably the best option for the garage is using an electric heater where you need not worry about ventilation. There are also portable electric heaters that can be used in small garages and are easily portable. These type of heater heats up an object directly instead of heating up the environment. The options here are endless.
2.) Wood stoves
One of the cheapest and effective ways to heat a space long term is through wood burning stoves. The amount of warmth in your space will ncrease significantly by using a wood stove as compared to the amount of heat that you'll be able to produce with an electric heat source. And when compared to the other heat sources, wood is noticeably cheaper. All you need to do is to ensure proper ventilation in order to get smoke out of your garage. One potential frustration having to constantly add fuel to your fire. But if that works for you, you're going to be in great shape with a wood stove. Search out Craigslist or other classifieds in your area for a great deal.
3.) Natural Gas
One of the next best options to heat your garage is to use a natural gas heater which can be very similar to the wood stoves. These also require ventilation. Natural gas stoves require a continuous supply of natural gas after all. This can be easily achieved by attaching a stand-alone gas tank or installing a dedicated line. Natural gas heaters produce a terrific amount of heat and they do so quickly.
4.) Insulate your garage walls
Duh. If it's possible for you, your heating strategy will be a lot more effective if your space is properly insulated. One of the best ways to insulate the walls is by having them injected with foam insulation. Or, use fiberglass. Insulation for the garage doors can be easily installed with adhesive strips and often comes in simple kits. But avoid cutting the strips too short or too long for your door. Stay mellow and measure your strips properly for a perfect fit.
5.) Install new flooring
Floor covering can cut down the cold considerably and make your garage a much more comfortable place to work. You need not necessarily invest much to install flooring. For example, you could use commercial carpet to cut down the winter chill. You can also buy commercial tiles or check out scrap flooring options in your area.
If you've got the desire and resources, consult a professional for more even effective ways to heat your space and make your garage a more comfortable zone for winter projects.