I love working on my car when I want to relax or recharge—it works both ways. I have an old Dodge Charger that you would think has seen better days. Not so. There is still some life left in this hearty vehicle and I spend many hours in a cold garage making sure it will live to see another day. No one knows this make and model better than me. It is my pride and joy and I suffer in the winter in a frigid work space to keep up with repairs. Why not use a space heater, you ask? Well, I do have one. I am a little leery of heating devices near open cans of oil. I imagine a huge blast one day when everything, including the beloved Charger, goes up in flames. I have nightmares about it. It is etched in my brain.
Needing to resolve my fear and still stay warm, I have contemplated various ways to heat the garage by putting in a new floor. Modern bathrooms have radiant heat so why not a well-worn two-car garage. It might be a bit fancy for this area, but if I put it in myself, it would be cost effective. It is safe according to the product reviews and people seem to be very happy with it. I welcome the opportunity to work longer hours in cold weather and being able to feel my fingers and toes. Heavy socks have never done the trick, even the wool ski version. Mittens or work gloves get in the way of fine tuning an auto. No, the floor is definitely the answer. It won’t be long.
You can buy supplies to install a radiant floor yourself at https://heaterhound.com/best-radiant-floor-heating-reviews/. The site explain how it works and why it is a great alternative to traditional heating methods. The heat produced comes from the floor without ugly visible components. It is a comfortable surface that is also noise free. No one will hear me clomping around in the wee hours of the morning. I won’t wake up my wife or that testy neighbor. It takes some skill and you need to know the difference between electric and hydronic systems. I only have heard of the first type that uses cables or mats. The other involves hot water passing through a special tubing. Then you must deal with possible rust.
People have mixed opinions about what is best in the long run. I will need a consultant to be sure. I need something that can be installed in a cement foundation. I don’t have to worry about a subfloor in the garage. No matter what I end up with, I am going to be toasty warm this winter while I work on the Charger. I haven’t been comfortable in years. I love that the floor won’t make sounds like a radiator or other hot air system. I love to work in peace!