Heat your shop. Cool your shop.
These work by directly heating the objects (and people) in the room via infrared rays -- much as the sun warms you when you step out of the shade. The objects, in turn, pass that heat to the air. Because it warms a room's heat sinks, such as its concrete slab floor and cast-iron tool tops, a radiant heating system requires less energy to maintain a steady temperature and feels comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, making it more cost-effective than its forced-air counterparts. And radiant heating won't dry the air or stir up dust like forced-air systems.
You can find radiant heaters powered by either gas or electricity in several forms: electric panels (right) in a variety of shapes that nestle into coves, baseboards, or even ceiling-tile grids; gas-fired, vented tubes in a variety of configurations to hang from your ceiling; and in-slab systems consisting of loops of hot-water lines (below).
Radiant systems cost more to install than forced-air systems and often have to be special-ordered and installed by expert technicians. And they take a long time to heat things up -- a consideration if you're in your shop for just a few hours at a time. However, if you require consistent, all-day heat, strongly consider a radiant system.
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