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Garages: Mini Split vs. Garage Heater

A parking spot, work area, or storage area, your garage has many uses. If you spend a lot of time out there, it needs to be a comfy temperature.

Garages don’t typically have the ductwork required for regular heating and cooling systems, and installing them isn’t the most beneficial solution. The best way to heat your garage is by using a ductless system: a mini-split or a garage heater.


Mini-splits shift heat instead of creating it, making it an energy-efficient heating and cooling system for rooms that lack ductwork. They are usually installed on a wall, taking up less space than a garage heater, and joined to the outdoor unit through a small hole in the wall.

Though more costly, mini-splits have earned ENERGY STAR® recognition for their energy efficiency. They’re also quiet, offer zoned comfort, and have AC, giving you more control over your garage’s temperature.

Garage Heaters

Garage heaters aren’t space heaters. These heavy duty heaters are mounted on the ceiling or the upper corner of a wall. Depending on the model, they can run on electricity, gas or propane.

Typically, garage heaters are half the cost of a mini-split, but less energy-efficient since they rely on fuel. However, they are a good option if you live in a cold climate and complete a lot of dusty dirty work.

We can help you decide what the best option for your garage is. Contact 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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