Heating is key to creating a cosy and comfortable office space that can be used year-round. Garden offices are not just for summery, sunny days, they can be perfectly temperature controlled 365 days a year.

In fact, garden offices are surprisingly simple to heat effectively; although not connected to a house and benefitting from central heating, the smaller space of garden offices make them quick to heat with their own solution. Depending on power connections, space availability, aesthetics, and budget, there are a range of heating options suited to garden offices.

In this guide we explore some of the best ways to heat a garden office, highlighting popular solutions and the main benefits they provide.

Electric Convection Heater

Best for: Effectiveness

Electric convection heaters are popular quick and effective room heaters, especially for smaller, contained spaces like garden offices. These heaters are either freestanding or wall mounted, ideal for garden offices with little available floor space. Many modern convection heaters can be controlled via a thermostat, helping to reduce unnecessary energy use on warm days. Additionally, most have timer settings so you can pre-warm your office before work starts on especially chilly days!

Other electric heating options are available and offer similar results to electric convection heaters. Electric radiators are safe heating options for garden rooms used as hobby spaces as they have no exposed heated components which can be a risk when in contact with dust. Electric oil filled radiators are good for retaining heat and staying warm for a while, however they are far less environmentally friendly than other heating solutions.

Log Burner

Best for: Look and Smell

Log burners look fantastic and give garden offices a real traditional, rustic look and feel. Not only do log burners fit in well with a traditional or modern aesthetic, they produce a wonderfully attractive smell. For heating up a small space like a garden office, log burners are extremely effective, heating up quickly and retaining heat well.

On the other hand, log burners are not ideal for the environment, using wood, albeit a small amount, to produce heat. Additionally, log burners should not be installed by novices; HETAS engineers should install log burners to assure safety. Log burners can be relatively cheap, however costs can quickly grow when the flue and installation fee is included.

Passive Heating (i.e. Insulation)

Best for: Energy and Cost Effectiveness

Prevent heat loss and trap heat within a garden office to keep a warm temperature inside with minimal energy use and cost. Passive heating measures, such as insulation, help to ensure any heat within the garden office is contained and not lost, maximising the benefit of any heat sources. The more heat that is contained in the garden room, the less money that has to be spent on generating heat!

Other passive heating measures include south facing windows, dark floor panels that retain heat, and double-glazing windows. Include these passive elements in the build of your garden office and create an energy efficient, cost saving, sustainable office space.

At TRE3DOM we maximise the energy efficiency of all our treehouses and garden pods with insulation, SMART lighting systems, and innovative heating ventilation systems. You can find out more about our environmental commitment and sustainable measures on our FAQs page.

Gas Heaters

Beat for: Off-Grid Office

Gas heaters are useful for garden offices that are not connected to a power source and therefore have to find electricity-free solutions for heating. The gas heaters, fed by gas bottles, are either fixed or freestanding, offering choice depending on the floor space available. Although gas heaters are not the most attractive choice, and require good ventilation and gas bottles on hand, they are an off-grid alternative.

Underfloor Heating

Best for: Luxe Living

Underfloor heating is a luxury feature that makes the difference between a chilly office, and a warm, inviting one. In a house, underfloor heating is usually achieved with heated water-filled pipework, but in a garden room, it is done via electric underfloor mesh elements that heat up.

Certainly an optional addition as a secondary heat source when it comes to heating your garden office, underfloor heating adds that extra comfort and level of luxury. Even if the air in the garden office is warm, a cold floor could ruin the cosiness.

At TRE3DOM, underfloor heating comes as standard for our garden pods, as we appreciate the luxurious feeling it brings. Whether you use your garden pod as an office or as any other creative space, underfloor is a fantastic heating solution sure to elevate the experience.

Solar Heat

Best for: Environmental Benefit

Another possible off-grid solution to heating your garden pod, solar heat is one of the most sustainable heating methods. The sun warms water on the roof contained in tubes, which then feeds a radiator for energy-free heat.

Solar heating systems can be expensive to source equipment and only work most effectively when the sun is out, which is likely when you least need heating. Although favoured for the environment, solar heating systems are not yet entirely adequate for year-round heating of garden offices.

Quality Garden Office Pods with TRE3DOM

For a comfortable garden office you can use all year round, look no further than TRE3DOM. We design and craft stunning contemporary garden pods and treehouses with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind. With mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems, LED lighting, locally sourced timber, and much more, we only use the best materials and systems for our creations.

Create your ideal garden office with TRE3DOM, designed and crafted to suit your requirements. Get in touch to get started or download our pod brochure to learn more!

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