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Best Heating Solution for a Cold Garage?

 
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Dec 06, 2017 14:01 |  #1

Looking to convert part of my garage from a storage room to part photo studio. Looking for advise on best tips and practices for making it a comfortable environment for clients. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Or warning of things not to do or use. :)


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Dec 06, 2017 14:15 |  #2

I did think not for a studio but for a workspace. Three things are needed, insulate, stop drafts, add heat. For insulation I used regular fiberglass and covered with plywood. For air infiltration, the garage door was the hardest to seal but adding rubber seals to the door made a pretty decent insulator. For heat, stay away from the gas/propane ones and use those oil-filled electric heaters. You don't want to be breathing fumes in an enclosed space though I guess for a studio, the lights might be enough by themselves. :)


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Dec 06, 2017 15:26 |  #3

Are you in Fresno as your profile indicates? If so, it might be cold now but are you also going to be cooling the space come mid-summer when it reaches the short side of 100 deg? If so I'd be looking at a split heat pump unit after taking appropriate insulating steps.

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Dec 06, 2017 19:17 |  #4

gjl711 wrote in post #18512109 (external link)
I did think not for a studio but for a workspace. Three things are needed, insulate, stop drafts, add heat. For insulation I used regular fiberglass and covered with plywood. For air infiltration, the garage door was the hardest to seal but adding rubber seals to the door made a pretty decent insulator. For heat, stay away from the gas/propane ones and use those oil-filled electric heaters. You don't want to be breathing fumes in an enclosed space though I guess for a studio, the lights might be enough by themselves. :)

Thank you. I kind of had an idea of how it will be rough to seal the garage. This one has some serious gaps that will need to be sealed. Starting to think it will become a bit heavy on the pockets.

And the advise about heating is greatly appreciated.


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Dec 06, 2017 19:19 |  #5

John from PA wrote in post #18512162 (external link)
Are you in Fresno as your profile indicates? If so, it might be cold now but are you also going to be cooling the space come mid-summer when it reaches the short side of 100 deg? If so I'd be looking at a split heat pump unit after taking appropriate insulating steps.

Yes, located in Fresno.

As for long term use, I’m just planning on using the space for the next 3-6 months. I personally do not like the cold so I tend to shoot indoors more often during the cold season.

However, spending additional funds on renting other locations and spaces... in thinking I can maximize profits if I use my own space and have the freedom to take time on building sets.


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