Mini Splits vs. Garage Heaters: What Should I Get for My Garage?

November 24, 2020

Your garage can be more than just a place to put your vehicles in Reinholds. It can be a work space, give additional storage and more. But when you’re out there more often, it needs to be a comfortable temperature.

Garages don’t usually have the ductwork required for common heating and cooling systems. While you can add ductwork, it’s not the most economical option. The best way to heat your garage is by using a ductless comfort system, like a mini-split system or a garage heater.

Let’s go through the difference between the two to help you find the best style for your needs.

What is a Mini-Split?

A mini-split is close to a heat pump since it moves heat instead of generating it. This makes it a highly energy-efficient heating and cooling system for spaces that don’t have ductwork. These electric systems are typically installed on a wall and joined to the outdoor unit through a small hole in the wall.

Even though a ductless mini-split is higher priced, many have received ENERGY STAR® certification for their energy efficiency. They’re also very quiet and offer zoned comfort, which provides accurate control over your garage’s climate.

Most mini-splits allow you to join more than one indoor unit to a single outdoor unit. If your garage is connected to your residence, you may be able to use added indoor units in areas that are tricky to heat and cool.

What is a Garage Heater?

A garage heater isn’t a space heater. This all-in-one heating solution is mounted on the ceiling or the higher corner of a wall. Depending on the model, these heaters can use electricity, gas or propane. They’re an excellent option if you are situated in a northern climate and complete a lot of grubby dirty work. Garage heaters are heavy-duty and created to stand up to extra grime.

Reviewing Top Features of Garage Heaters and Mini-Splits

We’ve created a handy guide to help you pick the best system for your garage.


Garage heaters are the most budget-friendly style. The average expense is different based on fuel type, but they’re typically about half the cost of a mini-split.

Operating Costs

Garage heaters are much like a furnace, consuming fuel to make warmth. A mini-split air conditioner is more similar to a heat pump, which transfers hot air. This makes a mini-split more efficient to run. You’ll get decreased energy costs if you select an ENERGY STAR® certified model. And you might be entitled to added rebates as a result of that energy efficiency.

Fuel Source

Garage heaters have the most options for fuel kinds—electricity, gas or propane. Mini-splits are electric.

Heating and Cooling

As its name says, a garage heater only provides delivering heat. A ductless mini-split provides both heating and cooling.

Precise Temperature Control

When you want the most exact temperature control, a mini-split heat pump is the best solution as it provides zoned heating and cooling. That way, your garage will be the right temperature you want it to be.

Space Considerations

Because garage heaters are usually mounted on the ceiling, they can eat up valuable overhead storage area. In contrast, space-saving mini-split systems are typically put higher up on a wall and don’t need a lot of space.

If you’re still waffling between a garage heater and mini-split, the professionals County Line Mechanical LLC can help. Call us at 717-216-0846 now to request a free, no obligation estimate. We’ll go over your needs, advise you on a solution and get it put in fast, so you can start enjoying your garage workspace much faster.