There are a variety of electric baseboard heaters available on the market today. Some use electricity for their primary fuel and some use heated water from either electric, or gas fuel sources. This article will cover the electric variety that can be fueled with 120 volt AC power that is available in most residential garages. The brands we will be featuring are very inexpensive.
Cadet Electric Heaters
Model 4F1000-1W 4'
The Cadet 1000 watt model shown above retails for under $40.00. It is for permanent installation and measures 4' long x 2-1/2" wide x 6-3/4" high and hardwires to 120 volt AC power. This model puts out 1000 watts.
The design utilizes convection to circulate the heated air and this model will heat an area of about 100 square feet. Three of these units would easily heat a 12' x 24' single car garage/workshop that is moderately insulated. This unit requires a thermostatic control that is sold separately. If you utilize more than one heater unit in your garage, they can each be wired to the same thermostat. This model is available in neutral off-white.
Garage Tips: Consider mounting these type of hardwire baseboard heaters about 12" off of the garage/workshop floor directly onto the garage wall. It eliminates cleaning under them, or getting the case wet if you hose-down your garage. They will work just fine slightly elevated from the floor surface.
Dayton Electric Heaters
Model: Fahrenheat UG01-Portable
The Dayton Model: Fahrenheat UG01 shown above is portable and has two settings: 750 watts and 1500 watts. It plugs into a 120V standard outlet requiring a minimum 15 amp breaker. The BtuH output is 2560/5118 and two of these portable units would easily heat a 12' x 24' garage/workshop that is moderately insulated.
The unit features a built-in thermostat that allows for temperature regulation and the unit has a built-in full length sensor that automatically shuts off the heater if it becomes blocked. This model measures 45" long x 7-1/2" high x 5-1/2" deep and weighs nine pounds. The case has two handles for easy mobility.
The unit comes with a 6' long cord with a two-prong polarized plug and is UL® rated for Canada and the United States. It is available in white. The nice thing about this unit is that you can pick it up for cleaning the garage/workshop floor. Also, with the 6' cord length, the unit is locatable to hard to heat areas such as under your workbench.
The Dayton Model: Fahrenheat UG01 retails for under $120.00 and is a great value when considering all of its features.
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