Garage Heater Installation In Chicago | Costs & Considerations
Welcome to winter Chicagoland! As temperatures nose dive we often find ourselves trapped indoors. For those such as myself, I find that disheartening to say the least. I often find myself slowly losing my mind as I sit on my couch and binge watch whatever I can find on Netflix. My one escape from the the TV in recent years has been my heated garage. I live in Chicago, and a couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to pull the trigger on a Garage Heater. Not the kerosene or propane style that many homeowners deploy when the temps drop and they want to fix a car or something. What I am talking about is an actual Garage Furnace. While you can pick up a gas powered unit for a couple hundred bucks, you need to invest some serious scratch to install a proper heating system in your garage.
Garage Heater Costs: How much is that Garage Furnace Going To Cost You?
When deciding to heat our garage, we had to decide what kind of budget we had, and what all needed to be done. Our project was a considerable investment because we currently had a very basic, un-finished garage with a garage door with no insulation. The door was dented from our teenage daughter driving into it, and it kind of inspired the whole garage remodel. I wanted to replace the door and was researching insulated garage doors as a way to maximize energy efficiency and provide greater strength to the door itself. So, I decided to get a highly efficient door and decided to insulate, drywall, and paint the interior of my garage. After that, a Garage Heater was the crowning achievement of our project. If you are choosing to heat your garage with a costly garage furnace, you don’t want to lose that heat.
While it is not absolutely necessary, I recommend the following before installing a natural gas heating system in your garage.
- Insulate Garage Door: You should have a door with a high R-Value. We installed the maximum that Home Depot offered which was an R-18.4 model. With the door, a new belt driven motor, and installation we paid around $1,650.00.
- Modine Hot Dawg Garage Heater: Many people think that a garage furnace would be cheap. However, this is not the case. In fact, many people are scared off by the sticker shock when a garage heater installation company gives them a quote. Fortunately for us, our gas lines are located near our garage, this saved us a lot on having to run piping to the garage furnace itself. If your gas lines are located far from your garage, you will pay more. There are alot of factors in play when installing a heating system in your garage. So my price will be higher or lower than what you will pay. Garage Heater Installed – $2,800.00
- Insulated Garage: Many homes have a completely insulated garage. I did not. Mine was about 3/4 insulated. Thankfully, I did not have to do too much work or spend too much to get it done. After insulation, drywall materials, and paint, I had spent about $500.00
Well there it is. It wasn’t cheap to do, but it was worth every penny. We installed a bar with a TV and our home is the neighborhood hangout for all sporting events, weekend get togethers, etc. all year long. I am able to work on projects in comfort during the winter months, and it has basically become the ultimate man cave. That being said, my wife is welcome anytime.
Polar Heating and Air Conditioning Installed my Garage Heater and they can install your’s too! Prices start at around $2400 and they are experts at what they do. For a free estimate, contact them via their website, or give ’em a call at 708-260-8855. Stop freezing in your garage and expand the usable living space of your home.