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Heating Options for a Shed Workshop

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Sheds can have various uses for homeowners. 

Whether it’s for storage, a man cave, or a workshop, the outdoor shed market has continued to grow over the years. 

According to Silvaris, a building material supplier, experts believe the outdoor shed market should reach approximately $9.6 billion in sales by 2028. While shed builders continue to see the demand for their products increase, being able to provide insight and guidance on potential additions will be a benefit for contractors.

While warmer temperatures are here, it’s never too early to begin offering heating systems to customers looking for a long-term solution for colder nights. Installing a heating unit during or following the construction of a shed ensures the building will be ready for long nights in the workshop.

With space being a premium when it comes to shed workshops, having a solution with a small footprint is essential. Unit heaters and other solutions that can be hung from the ceiling free up floor space for home and other projects. There are a variety of options available to offer customers during the project.

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Electrification is becoming more and more prominent in the United States due to the sustainable nature of the power source. 

While electricity can be expensive depending on geographic locations, it’s very clean and 100 percent efficient. Many electric unit heaters are designed to provide heating and air throw that is on par with their gas-powered counterparts. 

When it comes to workshops, electric unit heaters can provide ample heat year-round due to their efficiency. Installation is also simple because no pipe work is needed since there are no fumes to vent. 

Regarding maintenance, the user just needs to ensure there is no dirt, dust, or debris built up on the heating element, making maintenance cost-effective.


Gas-fired unit heaters are a common choice when it comes to heating solutions. 

The small “heat in a box” option allows your space to be warm without the distraction of a loud machine running in the background. 

With natural gas and propane being readily available in many areas across the country, these solutions can be more cost-effective to operate. These units can also be hung up and tucked away on the ceiling to provide more space for projects or additional overhead room. 

Regarding maintenance, it is vital to maintain and service the equipment regularly to ensure the heat exchanger and other metal components remain intact. This can easily be done by offering a maintenance agreement for the product. 


While infrared heating solutions can be powered by both electricity and gas, it’s the method used by the units that may provide benefits for shed owners. 

These radiant heating options are excellent for spot heating as the infrared rays travel through the air and disperse heat once they reach an object. For smaller workshops, this can be an efficient way to warm customers’ surroundings. 

These units can also be hung from the ceiling to provide more floor space.


Ultimately, location, climate, and the size of the space will help guide shed builders in the proper direction when offering heating solutions. 

When choosing between electric and gas-powered units, location will play a major role due to the climate and normal temperatures. Electricity may also not be readily available in some areas across the United States. 


Many of the unit heaters available provide ample heat distribution and can satisfy your customers’ needs. In addition, they can each be installed on the ceiling to maximize floor space for upcoming projects. 

For shed builders, offering these convenient solutions can provide value to both you and the customer.

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