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Working out at home has a lot of benefits. One of them is definitely not working out in the cold during winter.
However, there are ways around that. In this article, we’re going to look at the best heater for a garage gym, and some other ways you can get warm working out at home.
Can’t Wait… Here’s Our Picks
Best Heaters For a Garage Gym
Below we’re going to look at our garage gym heater picks in greater detail.
Best Garage Gym Heater Overall: TPI Corporation FES15483E Heat Wave Portable Electric Salamander
Easily the best garage gym heater we’ll look at today, the Portable Heat Wave is the cream of the crop. And you know what they say about the cream of the crop…
If you’ve got a large garage to heat up, or also use your garage for other projects, this is by far the option for you.
Some customers suggested that it easily heated their 3000 sq ft shop, which is big enough for most garage gyms.
Being electric too, this heater won’t make too much noise. One thing I hate about other heaters is the white noise. If you’re someone who likes working out in quiet, or who wants to focus on your music, a quiet heater is a must.
One thing you do need to be aware of with this heater, for some reason it doesn’t come with a power cord, so you’ll have to buy one separately.
Best For Outdoor Spaces: Fahrenheat FUH Electric Heater
If you’re working out in a space that’s not completely covered, or completely outdoors, most heaters won’t work as they’re not exactly weatherproof.
However, this electric heater is great for indoor and outdoor usage. It also includes a mounting bracket for both vertical and horizontal mounting, so it’ll fit your space regardless.
The mount is also adjustable too, so you can direct it in the direction you want the heat to go.
This heater needs to be hardwired and can connect to a wall thermostat but does have built-in single pole thermostat that adjusts from 45 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Either way, no matter what you’re already running in your garage gym, this heater should do the job.
There’s also a remote control which is great if you decide to mount it to the ceiling.
Best Low-Cost Option: BNewAir NGH500GA00 Garage Heater
When it comes to versatile drum heaters for your garage gym, this heater is a great option. The NewAir 2-in-1 240v Electric Garage Heater is built to be used outside and has a hard shell shell that can stand up to tough conditions in any garage gym.
It also has the ability to be wall-mounted if that’s something you want to do.
The heater can be hard-wired or just plugged in as usual and will heat up a two-car garage in about 20 minutes. Which is just about enough time for your pre-workout to kick in!
One thing I would note though, is out of the thousands of people that have bought the heater on Amazon, a couple that I saw had some issues with the back wiring.
Notably, the screw that holds in the cover was touching wires! I’d like to think that this has been fixed as it could potentially lead to a fire down the line.
And only a couple of people noted this, so it’s probably not a common issue. Still, I’d double check the heater before using.
Bonus: Insulate Your Garage Door
One of the keys to keeping your garage gym warm during winter is to have insulation. While you can use regular insulation throughout the garage, you’ll need a special kit to insulate a garage door (well unless you want to spend too much time adjusting regular insulation.
Spending a little cash insulating your garage gym can save you a lot of money down the line on electricity, not to mention wear and tear on your garage heater.
Make sure you do choose a set that fits your garage door though.
How To Keep Your Garage Gym Warm in Winter
If you live somewhere that gets super cold during winter, you’ll want to do a little more than buy an electric heater to keep yourself warm.
Here are the basic steps you should take to heat up your garage gym.
Step One: Replace Weather Strips
When most people think of insulating their garage gym, they think of insulating the walls. And while we’ll get to that, there’s another step that many forget about, but is equally important.
You need to check the weather strips around the windows, doors, and everywhere else.
Over time, this stripping can become brittle and break. When the weather strip breaks and tears, cold air can come in, and hot air can escape.
Give all the weather stripping a once-over, and replace everything that needs replacing. Honestly, if I was doing my garage gym and saw even a few parts needed replacing, I’d probably just replace the whole lot anyway… Best to do it once now, than have to re-do more later on.
The above weather stripping should do the trick.
Step Two: Insulate the Walls
Once you’ve checked all the places heat can escape, you should look to insulate the walls.
You can use fiberglass insulation for this, but make sure you follow instructions carefully when installing.
I would suggest putting wall panels over the insulation. Especially if you’re using fiberglass.
Step Three: Insulate Garage Gym Door
If you have a roller door for your garage gym, you’ll need to insulate that too. Only insulating the walls and leaving the door will be basically useless.
Luckily, there are a range of different options specifically built for garage doors.
Find a set that matches the size of your garage door and install carefully.
Bonus Tip: Combine Your Garage Gym Heater With a Fan
One annoying thing about heaters is that you lose a lot of the heat straight upwards (because hot air rises).
You can spread the heat around the room with a fan. That way, the heat will make it’s way around the room and not just rise straight up.
While some garage gym heaters have built-in fans, adding an extra won’t hurt… and you’ll also be able to use it in the summertime.