Why Use an Electric Furnace for Workout Gyms
Working out in the cold is not a good idea. Not only is it unpleasant, meaning that you are going to be less motivated to exercise in the first place, it is dangerous too. Exercising when you are cold increases the risk of injury. Yes, you can warm up – and you should warm up even when the weather is good – but who wants to spend a huge amount of time ‘getting the blood flowing’ when you could get down to your exercise a little more quickly, if only the gym was warmer.
One of the hardest parts about heating a gym is that usually, gyms are large open spaces that are used only when someone wants to exercise. This means that they sit idle for prolonged periods, with no-one in them, and they get cold. Large spaces, poor insulation and (frequently) high ceilings are not good for people who want to keep a space warm.
Get an Electric Furnace for Workout Gyms
There are a few options for heating gyms, but one popular idea is to get an electric furnace for workout gyms. Yes, there are options such as fan headers or convection heaters, but these are expensive to run. Using an electric furnace for workout gyms offers a good compromise between price and efficiency.
Small space heaters are a waste of time and money – they might take the edge off the cold in a small home office, but they will not bring up the temperature of a cold garage space. Even something like a 5000 watt space heater will not make any noticeable impact at all in a chilly gym space. You need a huge unit that can pump out a lot of hot air to make a difference.
Propane and natural gas are good options for people who want to heat a large space that does not have electricity available. The challenge with these is that the heaters themselves are expensive, and if you don’t use propane for other things in your property then you will need to start ordering it. In addition, not all landlords allow the storage of gas cylinders on their properties for safety reasons.
Forced air heathers are a third option, and these will do a good job of circulating hot air. These are good for very large spaces – but they need two fuel sources – electricity to power the fans, and propane, natural gas or kerosene to power the burner. These are a good idea if you can afford them and you’re able to use your home’s natural gas supply. The heaters cost around $500, for a unit that puts out 50,000 BTUs, but once they are installed, you can be confident that the property will stay warm!
How Powerful Should a Heater Be?
Figuring out how powerful your heater should be can be tricky, since it depends on the area you live in and how cold it gets, as well as how well insulated the property is. The ceiling height will matter too, as will how quickly you expect the gym to warm up. If you are happy to switch the heating on an hour or so before you work out, then you may be able to cope with something a little less powerful than if you wanted near-instant change.
As a good rule of thumb, if you’re looking to heat a floor space equivalent to that of a two car garage, then you should buy a 50,000 BTU forced air heater, or 30,000 for infrared heaters. If you’re looking at convection heaters, then again you will need very powerful ones – even 50,000BTU may not be enough.
Radiant heaters tend to feel quite anemic. You could use one pointed directly at your squat rack, perhaps, but it wouldn’t work if you were trying to do more dynamic exercises or moving around a lot. There are some powerful ones – even ons that are 18,000 BTU – but that is still not quite enough to make an impact, and because they don’t force air circulation very effectively, even if you buy two you probably won’t notice much benefit.
Those small heaters do have benefits compared to, say, free-standing fan heaters. They’re more reliable, low noise, and more powerful. Sadly, they cost a lot to run. You’ll probably be better off with an electric furnace that will heat the room more quickly – especially if it’s not too draughty, because once you get the room to the temperature that you want you will be able to turn the heater off, and hopefully not have the place cool down too quickly.
Before you spend money on heaters, do look at ways of insulating your property – it will make a huge difference to how it feels.