The majority of homes in Calgary do not have a heated garage. It can get quite cold in the wintertime, meaning it’s also freezing cold in your garage, but this doesn’t have to be the case. The licensed and certified gas fitters at ERM Plumbing & Heating can install a garage gas line to keep you warm in the colder months. Our customers that have installed heating in their garage have not looked back and enjoyed using their garages more in the colder seasons as a result!
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On cold mornings, most Calgarians open up their garage halfway and start their vehicle to warm it up. Although it may seem like it would never happen to you, carbon monoxide poisoning happens far too often in the winter. Even when the garage door is open, exhaust fumes from vehicles can still pose a danger to our health.
On average, thanks to remote car starters, the average vehicle is left to idle for 15 minutes on cold mornings in unheated garages. This is more than enough time to accumulate an unhealthy and potentially deadly amount of exhaust fumes, which can also creep into your home.
Worst of all, idling a vehicle isn’t the most efficient way to warm it up. Most modern vehicles require less than ten minutes of idle time to be driven in colder temperatures. It’s a waste of fuel and your time!
Having a heated garage enables you to keep your garage above freezing temperatures so you can enjoy an already warmed up car without having to let it sit and idle for an excessive amount of time. Heating your Garage can also be more cost-effective than letting your vehicle idle to warm up every morning. Think of the extra fuel economy and how much you’ll save at the pump.
If you decide on having a heated garage, you now have a choice between an electric heater and a natural gas heater for your heating system. Electric heaters cost less upfront as the installation isn’t as complicated, but it uses significantly more energy to heat up your garage compared to a natural gas heater. They’re less energy-efficient overall and do not generate the same number of BTU’s as a gas heater.
Throughout the winter, natural gas heaters generally save you more money than running an electric garage heater. This is because they generate more heat and BTU’s and do not have to work as hard to heat your space. Even smaller one car garages would benefit from having a natural gas heater. This is why ERM Plumbing & Heating offers garage gas line & heater installation services in Calgary.
In order to install a natural gas heater for your garage, you need to hook up your heater to a gas line. Installing a garage heater even to a new garage may seem straightforward, but if you don’t have an existing gas line, a new gas line will have to be installed.
Installing a new line is needed for both detached and attached garages. In order for new gas lines to get installed, trenching is needed. Trenching is digging a trench just big enough for your gas line to fit, and typically they have to be at least 18” below grade as per local code in Calgary.
Trenching is something you can do yourself with a trencher or other regular tools if you don’t mind the work. Some DIY’ers don’t mind projects like this. Just remember to call before you dig! If you accidentally hit an existing line for your natural gas BBQ or another natural gas appliance, you may damage it and run into problems.
If this is something you’d rather leave to the professionals, the gas fitters at ERM Plumbing & Heating can do it as a part of our garage gas line installation services. We can also look for existing gas lines on your property and create efficient routes to avoid them. We recommend that we do the trenching as we can determine the best routes for your gas lines, meaning the less length of natural gas lines you’ll need.
Garage Gas line installation must be done by a certified gas fitter. Not only is it dangerous to do it yourself, but it is also a requirement from the City of Calgary as per local code and safety regulations. Anything that has to deal with gas fitting, gas pipes, or gas services must be done by a licensed gas fitter. Gas permits are required to perform any local gas line installation and can only be acquired by licensed gas fitters.
After installation is complete, an inspection is required to be done by a city inspector to make sure that all the gas appliances and gas lines are installed properly, and there is no risk to the environment and to your home. They will perform a pressure test and do all of the necessary checks to ensure there is no risk to your home or family. Improper installation and dodging gas permits can lead to a devaluation of your home and could also make your home uninsurable by many insurance companies.
The garage gas line installation team at ERM Plumbing & Heating are journeyman gas fitters who work primarily in SW Calgary. No matter how complicated the installation you require at your home is, we approach every project with knowledge, integrity, and friendliness when we work on your home. If you have decided that you would like to have a garage gas line installed, give us a call! We will come out and take a look. If we don’t complete any work, you don’t need to pay. That’s our promise and why we have established ourselves as the good guys in the Calgary plumbing & gas fitting industry!