Your garage can be more than just an area to put your vehicles in Monroe. It can be a workshop, give added storage and more. But when you’re spending more time out there, it needs to be a comfortable temperature.

Garages don’t typically have the ductwork necessary for standard heating and cooling systems. While you can get ductwork, it’s not the most economical solution. The smartest method 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 discover the right option for your needs.

What Is a Mini-Split?

A mini-split is close to a heat pump because it shifts heat as opposed to generating it. This makes it an extremely energy-efficient heating and cooling system for areas that lack ductwork. These electric systems are typically installed on a wall and linked to the outdoor unit through a small hole in the wall.

Though a ductless mini-split is more expensive, many have earned ENERGY STAR® recognition for their energy efficiency. They’re also highly quiet and provide zoned comfort, which offers exact control over your garage’s temperature.

Many mini-splits allow you to connect multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit. If your garage is connected to your residence, you may be able to install added indoor units in rooms that are tricky to heat and cool.

What Is a Garage Heater?

A garage heater isn’t a space heater. This comprehensive heating solution is mounted on the ceiling or the high corner of a wall. Depending on the model, these heaters can consume electricity, gas or propane. They’re a great option if you live in a cold climate and perform a lot of grubby work. Garage heaters are heavy-duty and designed to keep working through additional grime.

Reviewing Top Features of Garage Heaters and Mini-Splits

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


Garage heaters are the most economical option. The estimated cost differs because of fuel type, but they’re often about half the cost of a mini-split.

Operating Costs

Garage heaters work similarly to a furnace, needing fuel to create hot air. A mini-split air conditioner is nearer to a heat pump, which shifts warmth. This makes a mini-split more efficient to operate. You’ll enjoy reduced utility expenses if you get an ENERGY STAR certified model. And you could be entitled to extra rebates due to that energy efficiency.

Fuel Source

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

Heating and Cooling

As its title says, a garage heater is limited to only delivering heat. A ductless mini-split delivers both heating and cooling.

Precise Temperature Control

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

Space Considerations

Since garage heaters are often installed on the ceiling, they can consume valuable overhead storage space. In contrast, space-saving mini-split systems are often put higher up on a wall and don’t need a lot of room.

If you’re still waffling Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help. Call us at 608-291-3606 right away to request a free, no obligation estimate. We’ll go over your needs, advise you on a solution and get it installed rapidly, so you can get started enjoying your garage workspace much faster.