Radiant heaters for residential garages, are they cost effective and a good solution to heating a garage?
Radiant Tube Heaters are NOT recommended in most residential garages, due to the clearance restrictions. These units must be 6” below the ceiling from the reflector; the tube is approximately 4” in diameter, and is 4” below the reflector. You must then still have 5’ of clearance to any combustibles from the low side of the tube. Basically, with the average 9’ height in residential garages, you will be left with only 3 ½ ‘of storage and would be unable to park a vehicle under the heater, or store any boxes, etc. Most radiant tube heaters that are installed do not meet code and are hazardous. We recommend a Unit Heater as the heating system to install for residential garages.