Combined Energy Services

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Combined Energy Services is proud to offer the purchase and installation of appliances and accessories that increase the heating efficiency and enhance the the look of your home!

Contact CES to order your heating appliances today!

Space Heaters  Space Heaters from Combined Energy Services
Fireplaces   Gas Fireplaces from Combined Energy Services
Water Heaters Water Heater System from CES
Pool Heaters Raypak Residential Pool Heater from CES
Residential / Commercial Garage Heaters Garage Heaters Available at Combined Energy Services
Outdoor Appliances Outdoor Propane Fire Pits Are Great Additive to Your Home

Space Heaters

Space Heaters Available from Combined Energy Services

Generally employed to warm a small space, and is usually held in contrast with central heating, which warms many connected spaces at once. Installed space heaters may use electricity or burn propane, fuel oil or wood pellets and may operate on heat pump principles.

Space heaters come in different types:

Benefits of Space Heaters:

Consistent warmth that transforms any space

Consistent Even Heating: Unique technology monitors room temperature, adjusting within seconds to maintain the pre-set temperature. So, your room stays consistently comfortable without big temperature swings.

Reduced Cold Spots: A variablespeed blower circulates warm air evenly throughout the room, for consistent warmth - even in corners. So it's never too cool at the floor or too warm up higher.

Efficient choices that save you money

Save Energy - And Money: Produces the specific level of heat needed at any given moment, responding immediately to even the smallest temperature change.

Customized Comfort: Tailor supplemental or zone heating to your usage, habits and needs, for the most comfort in the most efficient way.

Complement Existing Heating: Units comes in multiple sizes and can be used in a variety of configurations. That means you can supplement existing heating systems in the way the best suits your installation needs.

Fast Installation: No ductwork means quicker installation

Don't just save energy - Save time

Easy to get started: With flexible venting placement, your model can be positioned along almost any exterior wall. Our installer can help you choose the best location and install your model the same day.

Easy Installation: Simple one-hole venting makes installation fast and straightforward. 

Set it and Forget it: The programmable thermostat sets your model based on your habits and usage.

Space Heater Options:

Direct Vent Wall Furnace:

Direct Vent Wall Furnaces from Combined Energy Services

What is direct vent? In direct-vent appliances, you use special direct-vent pipe recommended by the supplier. The direct-vent system involved two parts: one part for the exhaust and one for combustion air intake. The appliances itself is a completely sealed combustion chamber and no air from the house is used for combustion. The exhaust vents can go either out through a sidewall or through the roof.

Pros: Combustion fumes are vented outside. Allows a simple installation in cases where the vent is going out a wall and terminates at the wall. No need to terminate above the roof line as is necessary with b-vent or wood burning applications resulting in relatively low venting costs. Direct-vent appliances are typically higher in efficiency than b-vent appliances and put out a lot of heat even with a low-flame setting.

Cons: Direct fireplaces have a sealed glass and typically a smaller flame than a b-vent fireplace or a vent-free fireplace. The position and look of the logs in the fireplace cannot be altered or incomplete combustion will occur.

Direct vent wall furnaces come in a variety of models depending on your needs:

High Efficiency
Wall Furnace:
Wall Furnace:
Direct Vent DV-20E Furnace Direct Vent MC-120 Furnace Direct Vent DVC-35 Counterflow Furnace

Vented Heaters:

Vented Space Heaters Available from Combined EnergyServices

What is vented? Sometimes referred to as Natural Vent - B-Vent appliances use pipe (b-vent) that must be installed through the home and terminate above the roof. They also use room air for combustion, but the amount of air they use is minimal.

Pros: Combustion fumes are vented outside. B-vent pipe itself is relatively inexpensive and simple to install. B-vent appliances are relatively efficient.

Cons: B-vent must be installed through the interior of the home and terminate above the roof which may pose extensive installation labor costs or difficulties depending on the home. B-vent could potentially be a source of cool air into the living area if a downdraft occurs. Some of the heat from the appliance is lost up the vent.

Vented wall heaters come in a variety of models depending on your needs:

Vented Room
Gravity Wall
Counterflow Up-Vent
Wall Furnace:
Vented Room RH-25 Heater Vented Room GWT-25 Gravity Wall Heater Vented Heater FAW-40 Counterflow Up-Vent Wall Furnace

Vent Free Room Heaters:

Vent Free Room Heaters from Combined Energy Services

What is vent free? A vent-free uses no venting pipe at all which allows placement of the appliance in many places otherwise unavailable to a vented appliance. The burner of the fireplace or the appliance is designed to be 99%+ efficient, therefore there is no need to vent the appliance.

Pros: Ease of installation and lowered cost since vent pipe is not needed. Vent-free products are typically the most efficient of all appliances since all the heat is generated into the room or home.

Cons: Combustion fumes are vented inside the home which affect some people who are very sensitive to smell or allergies. Vent-free products expel a fair amount of moisture as a result of the burn process which is also expelled into the home and can be a problem especially in a room with a lot of windows like a sun-room since the windows may drip from all the moisture. Typically there is a low flame with vent-free products and the placement of the burner or logs are set by the manufacturer and cannot be changed or altered. 

Vent-free room heaters come in a variety of models depending on your needs:

Radiant Heater: Blue Flame Heater:
Vent Free Infrared Heaters Available from Combined Energy Services Vent Free Blue Flame Heaters from Combined Energy Services

We provide space heater products from the following manufacturers: 

Rinnai Products Available from Combined Energy Services Hot Dawg Hanging Heaters Available from Combined Energy Services


Gas Fireplaces Available from Combined Energy Services

Gas fireplaces provide a reliable source of heat and add beauty to a room design. You have two basic options for a gas fuel fireplace - gas logs and gas fireplace insert. Both product heat and help a living space feel warm and inviting, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Gas fireplaces are less expensive than installing a wood-burning fireplace that requires a full-scale chimney to release smoke and ash.

Fireplaces come in different types:

Benefits of Gas Fireplaces: 

Fireplace Aesthetics

One of the big differences between gas-log fireplaces and gas-insert fireplaces is aesthetic appeal. Even though gas logs are synthetic, they look similar to solid wood logs and appear more authentic than inserts. Vented gas logs can't be covered with glass doors or solid grates, similar to natural wood-burning fireplaces. Gas inserts have a more manufactured design. You can see the flames inside the inserts, but they are permanently sealed with a glass face. Some manufacturers offer gas-inserts styles that have grates or doors, but they are for physical appearance only. Neither gas logs nor gas inserts create flames that crackle, pop or flicker.

Heat Efficiency

Gas inserts are more efficient than gas logs. Because gas inserts are covered in glass, they require less gas and therefore less heat escapes. According to NW Natural Appliance in Portland, Oregon, gas-log fireplaces are approximately 10% efficient and have similar efficiency ratings to wood-burning fireplaces. Vented gas-insert fireplaces are approximately 80% efficient. 

Cost Comparisons

Unsurprisingly, the more efficient the fireplace, the lower the operating cost. NW Natural Appliance Center reports that in 2012, gas-log fireplaces cost between $.75 and $1.25 per hour to operate, depending on the size of the burner beneath the logs. Gas-insert fireplaces cost approximately 40 to 45 cents per hour. Fluctuating propane prices can affect those averages, but comparisons between gas-log and gas-insert operational costs remain the same. Gas inserts are more cost-effective than gas logs.

Lighting Methods and Chimney Requirements

You can light some gas-log fireplaces with a match. Others have a switch that ignites pilot light to start the flame. Lower-heat yellow-flame logs require vents, but some higher-heat blue flame logs don't. Vented gas-log fireplaces have smoke and soot and require chimneys and chimney cleaning. Gas-insert fireplaces are only lit by a switch that ignites the burner. Vented gas-insert fireplaces also require chimneys, but small flexible heat-resistant pipes are generally sufficient, and there is less smoke and soot than with vented gas-log varieties. 

Fireplace Options:

Gas Fireplace Insert:

Gas Fireplace Insert from Combined Energy Services

While the traditional masonry fireplace is great for aesthetics and adds to the "down home" atmosphere of any home, the fact is that they are not much for actual heating. If you need heat for your home and want to utilize your existing fireplace, you may be interested in a fireplace insert.

What is a Fireplace Insert? A fireplace insert is a closed-combustion firebox that is installed into an existing fireplace to increase efficiency. You literally "insert" the unit into the old fireplace and instantly upgrade its efficiency and heating capabilities exponentially. Inserts are available for burning wood or burning gas.

Direct Vent vs. Vent Free: If you are certain you want to go with a gas insert, the decision then comes down to whether direct vent or vent-free is right for you. The basic difference between the two is obvious; the direct vent units will require venting up to the chimney, while the vent-free inserts are entirely self-contained and do not require any additional components for operation.

The other main distinction is that direct vent units will have a fixed glass panel sealing the unit off from the room, while the vent-free insert will be open to the room, using room air for combustion. 

A Wise Investment: Choosing the perfect fireplace insert can be challenging, but the result is rewarding. You will turn your old, drafty masonry fireplace into an aesthetically-pleasing. Your living room will be transformed and you may find yourself saving plenty of money in the long run. 

Gas Log Sets:

Gas Log Sets from Combined Energy Services

On a chilly fall or winter evening, it's hard to beat the warm and cozy feeling a fireplace brings. While it would be a big task to add a traditional fireplace to an existing home, new gas log sets have been developed to allow fireplaces to be created easily.

What are gas log sets? Gas fireplace logs are becoming quite popular. Their convenience (some come with a remote control) and cleanliness have convinced many woodburners to retire the chainsaw and log splitter. Gas logs may be fuel by either natural or propane gas. There are two basic types of gas logs currently on the market, vented gas logs (yellow flame) or ventless gas logs (blue flame). 

Vented Gas Logs vs. Ventless Gas Logs: The basic principle seperating the two types of gas logs is that vented gas logs require some means of venting the combustion by-products and exhaust resulting from the burning of any kinds of fuel, and ventless or vent-free gas logs do not. In practical terms, this means that lots of things (including some heat) go up the chimney or out the vent pipe when using vented gas logs. In contrast, almost everything (especially heat) is contained in the home when dealing with vent-free logs. 

Gas Logs Sets: Vented vs Vent Free

A Wise Investment? Gas logs are typically inexpensive to operate. Consider the cost and time of ordering, delivering and stacking firewood. Then consider that this needs to be done a yearly basis for as long as wood is used. Compare this to the one time cost and set up of a gas log set.

"I currently have a wood burning fireplace and are considering switching to gas.  Which is right for me, a gas log set or gas fireplace insert?"

Both products give you the ease and convenience of simply turning the unit on by a switch or a remote.  

The main difference between the two products is the amount of heat that comes into your living space. A gas log set is a decorative appliance. It can only be installed into a fireplace that works well as an open wood burning fireplace. It will give you slightly more heat than what you feel when you burn wood. A gas fireplace insert is a furnace rated appliance that can be used as a zone heater, and will heat the room/space.

Gas Fireplace Insert Gas Logs
Realistic logs and flames Realistic logs and flames
East to use - manual control, wall switch or remote control East to use - manual control, wall switch or remote control
Can be used to resolve a drafting problem in a masonry fireplace Can only be installed into a working wood burning fireplace - masonry built or factory built
Is a sealed system with a fixed piece of glass in the front. No room air leaves the house through the chimney Chimney must draft well
Furnace rated - can be used as a zone heater Glass doors may be required/desired
Uses a blower to push the heat into your living space Approximately 10% - 20% efficient
Approximately 70% - 85% efficient
Gas Fireplace Insert vs Gas Log Set from Combined Energy Services Vented Gas Log Set vs Direct Vent Fireplace Insert from CES

Gas Stoves:

Free Standing Gas Stoves Available from CES

With a gas stove you can create a warm gathering place that is clean and modern or timeless and traditional. Gas stoves have the ambiance of a freestanding woodstove but offer you the convenience of gas.

What are Gas Stoves? With a simple bush of a button or flip of a switch, gas stoves come to life, instantaneously producing heat and a soothing atmosphere. Gas stoves allow homeowners to enjoy a realistic feel and look of a wood burning fuel without the hassles of chopping, splitting, or storing firewood.

Benefits of Gas Stoves: Gas stoves are extremely functional and require very little maintenance and cleaning.  Plus, most directly vented units only require 3 to 4 sq. ft. to install, allowing them to be installed in small rooms or tight living spaces. Take advantage of the numerous benefits of gas stoves and invest in heating technology that will help reduce heating costs and make heating your home quick and est. 

We provide fireplace products from the following manufacturers:

Regency Gas Fireplaces and Log Sets from Combined Energy Services Napoleon Fireplaces Available from Combined Energy Services
Vermont Casting Available from Combined Energy Services Empire Comfort Systems Available at Combined Energy Services

Water Heaters

Storage Water Heater vs Tankless Water Heater

When selecting a new water heater for your home, choose a water heater system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home. 

Water heaters come in different types:

When selecting the best type and model of water heater, consider the following:


To provide your household with enough hot water and to maximize efficiency, you need a properly size water heater. 

Energy Efficiency

To maximize your energy and cost savings, you want to know how energy efficient a water heater is before you purchase it. 


Before you purchase a water heater, it's also a good idea to estimate its annual operating costs and compare those costs with other less or more energy-efficient models.

Water Heater Options:

Conventional Storage Water Heaters:

Propane Water Storage Systems Available at CES

Conventional storage water heaters remain the most popular type of water heating system for the home. Here you'll find basic information about how storage water heaters work; what criteria to use when selecting the right model; and some installation, maintenance and safety tips.

How they work? A single-family storage heater offers a ready reservoir - from 20 to 80 gallons - of hot water. It operates by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. To replace that hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring the tank is always full.

How a Storage Water Heater Works

Since water is constantly heating in the tank, energy can be wasted even when a hot water tap isn't running. This is called standby heat loss. Only tankless water heaters - such as demand-type water heaters - avoid standby heat losses. Some storage water heater models have heavily insulated tanks, which significantly reduce standby heat losses and lower annual operating costs. Look for models with tanks that have a thermal resistance (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25.

Gas and oil water heaters also have venting-related energy losses. Two types of water heaters - a fan-assisted gas water heater and an atmospheric sealed-combustion water heater - reduce these loses.

Installation and Maintenance: Proper installation and maintenance of your water heater can optimize its energy efficiency. Proper installation depends on many factors. These factors include fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues. It's best to have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install your storage water heater. 

Periodic water heater maintenance can significantly extend your water heater's life and minimize loss of efficiency. 

Improving Energy Efficiency: After your water heater is properly installed and maintained, try some additional energy-saving strategies to help lower your water heating bills. 

Tankless or Demand-Type Water Heaters:

Tankless Hot Water Heater

Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They do not produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money. Here you'll find basic information about how they work, whether a tankless water heater might be right for your home, and if a tankless water heater is right for you.

How they work? Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don't need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However,  a tankless water heater's output limits the flow rate.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2 - 5 gallons (7.6 - 15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters product higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. 

Advantages and Disadvantages: The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contact, storage water systems last 10 - 15 years.

Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. However, although gas-fired tankless water heaters then to have higher flow rates than electric ones, they can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light. This can something offset the elimination of standby energy losses when compared to a storage water heater. In a gas-fired storage water heater, the pilot light heats the water in the tank so the energy isn't wasted.

The cost of operating a pilot light in a tankless water heater varies from model to model. If you purchase a model that uses a standing pilot light, you can always turn it off when it's not in use to save energy. Also consider models that have an intermittent ignition device (IID) instead of a standing pilot light. This device resembles the spark ignition device on some gas kitchen ranges and ovens.

Installation and Maintenance: Proper installation and maintenance of your demand water heater can optimize its energy efficiency. Proper installation depends on many factors. These factors include fuel type, climate, local building code requirements and safety issues. It's best to have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install your demand water heater.

Periodic water heater maintenance can significantly extend your water heater's life and minimize loss of efficiency.

Improving Energy Efficiency: After your demand water heater is properly installed and maintained, try some additional energy-saving strategies to help lower your water heating bills. Some energy-saving devices are systems are more cost-effective to install with the water heater.

Storage Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters:

Tankless vs Tank Water Heater

Choosing the best water heater for your home has become more challenging in recent years as new designs have swept the industry and rising energy costs have raised consumers' eyebrows. In spite of the promise of the high-tech water heaters of the future, most folks in need of a water heater today still find themselves facing the same decision: tank of tankless?

Unfortunately for consumers, their choice is not easy to make. Costs and efficencies vary widely, and the least-expensive water heater might be the one that puts the biggest drain on your savings account over time, making an even more important decision.

We provided some resources below to assist in your decision of tank vs. tankless water heaters. Call the professionals at CES to help make that decision.  But an education consumer is the best consumer...  

Do your homework!! 


Water Heaters: Tank or Tankless?

Pros and Cons: Tankless Water Heaters vs. Hot Water Tanks

Are you ready for a Tankless water heater?

Traditional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters Which One is Better

Tankless Heater, Their Limitations and Interesting Alternatives

Tank vs. Tankless

Have the new tankless water heaters improved?

New Efficiency Standards Heat Up Tanks vs. Tankless Water Heater Debate

Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters - Major Decisions Afoot

We provide water heater products from the following manufacturers:

Bradford White Water Heaters Available from Combined Energy Services Tankless Water Heaters from Rinnai Available at CES

Pool Heaters

Pool and Spa Heaters Available from Combined EnergyServices

Gas Pool Heaters use either propane or natural gas. Operating independently of outdoor temperature conditions, gas pool heaters burn the fuel within a combustion chamber all while your pool water runs through copper coils to then return to the pool warm.

Pool heaters are made for residential and commercial purposes:

Benefits of Pool Heaters:

How they work?

Gas pool heaters use either natural gas or propane. As the pump circulates the pool's water, they water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and then to the heater. The gas burns in the heater's combustion chamber, generating heat that transfers to the water that's returned to the pool. 

They're most efficient when heating pools for short periods of time, and they're ideal for quickly heating pools. Therefore, gas pool heaters can be a good choice for pools that aren't used on a regular basis, like residential pools. Gas pool heaters can maintain any desired temperature regardless of the weather or climate.

Estimating Gas Pool Heater Costs and Savings 

The table below estimates the annual cost of using a gas pool heater for an outdoor swimming pool by location, by water temperature, and with or without using a pool cover.

Pool Heater Savings and Cost Chart

It's also important to learn cost-efficient ways to run a pool heater.

Installation and Maintenance

Proper installation and maintenance of your gas pool heater can optimize its efficiency. It's best to have a qualified pool professional install the heater and even perform complicated maintenance or repair tasks. With proper installation and maintenance, gas pool heaters typically last five or more years.

Environmental Impact

Compared to many other fuels, propane burns cleanly and efficiently. Propane produces more carbon dioxide when it burns than natural gas does, but propane produces fewer harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than other petroleum-based fuels. In addition, propane itself is not considered to be a greenhouse gas in its unused state, but natural gas is; in the event of a leak, propane is assumed to have less of an environmental impact than natural gas.

Energy Density

When it comes to the amount of energy you can get from a given volume of fuel, propane has a clear advantage over natural gas. A cubic foot of propane can produce about 2,516 BTU of heat, while a cubic foot of natural gas produces only about 1,030 BTU, giving propane nearly two and a half time the energy density of natural gas. A propane pool heater will use a fraction of the fuel that a natural gas heater would use to heat the same volume of water.

Pool Heater Options:

Residential Water Heaters:

Hayward H-Series Pool Heaters from CES

Gas fired pool heaters remain the most popular system for heating swimming pools. Today you can find new gas-fired heater models with much higher efficencies than older models. 

Residential pool heaters come in different models depending on your needs: 

Raypak Pool and Spa Heaters Hayward Pool Products: H-Series Electronic 
Raypack Residential Heaters Available at CES Hayward H-Series Pool Heaters Available from CES

Commercial Water Heaters:

Raypak P-724 Pool Heater from Combined Energy Services

Commercial Pool Heaters (Atmospheric): Rugged, efficient heaters for large pools:

  • Perfect for clubs, universities, municipalities, watersport centers, large residential pools
  • 23 model sizes - 511,500 to 4,000,000 BTUH inputs
  • Indoor and outdoor styles
  • 82% thermal efficiency
  • Natural or propane gas
  • Fuel-saving electronic ignition
  • Precision water temperature control to +/- 1 degree
  • Low operating cost
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Easy service

Only Raypak offers a pool heater that is not only the most efficient (up to 82% thermal efficiency) but also includes engineering and manufacturing innovations not found in other makes. As a result, Raypaks commercial pool heater is unmatched for heating efficiency, operating economy, low-cost installation and all-around dependability. And they are fired up and fully tested at the factory to assure their on-site performance.

We provide pool heater products from the following manufacturers:

Raypak Pool Heaters from Combined Energy Services Hayward Pool Heaters from Combined Energy Services

Residential / Commercial Garage Heaters

Garage Heaters Available from Combined Energy Services

Whether the garage is a commercial work space, a residential space to enjoy your hobbies or just the "man cave," you'll want heat this winter. There are a few things to consider when selecting a garage heater to meet your needs. 

Residential / Commercial Garage Heaters come in different types:

Garage Heaters:

Benefits of Garage Heaters:

Heat is created by releasing fuel from a propane tank, which is ignited by a pilot flame. The heat is stored in the heat exchanger until it reaches a set temperature and is finally released through a vent in the device. Propane tank garage heaters are great for a garage that is used as extra living space and does not contain combustible materials or hazardous liquids and gases.


Propane garage heaters are durable and efficient. These fast, self-contained heat sources will continue to run during power outages. They also warm quickly, allowing you to spend more time in your heated garage or shop.


If a propane garage heater is not vented properly, dangerous fumes can escape into your garage. You must make sure the garage has ventilation, which could bring in a constant cold draft. You will have to take precautions to make sure combustible gases are clear from the heater. A propane garage heater has an open flame and leaves an odor.  Propane heaters also kick up dust, which can cause problems depending on the project you're working on.

Average Costs

The costs depends on current gas prices. You also have to consider the costs of installation and a gas fitter. 

Garage Heaters are made for residential and commercial purposes:

Residential Garage Heaters:

Garage Heaters from CES

First, think about what your garage is used for and what kind of insulation it currently has. Do you work on vehicles? Do you store paint, fuel or other combustible gases? Is your garage connected to your home? Do you have a ventilation system in your garage?  The main types of garage heaters can be identified by their fuel source: electric, propane and natural gas. 

Residential garage heaters come in different models depending on your needs:

Forced Air Garage Heaters "Low-Intensity" Infrared Heaters Radiant Floor Heaters
Hot Dawg Forced Air Garage Heater from CES Low Intensity Infrared Garage Heating Radiant Floor

All will burn LP gas or natural gas and are available in several sizes, so you can choose the one that best heats your space. Some may require an electrical hook-up and venting to the outside as well. 

Residential Garage Heater Options:

Forced Air Garage Heaters:

Hot Dawg Forced Air Garage Heater from CES

What is Forced Air Garage Heating? Traditional forced air garage heaters deliver instant heat like a conventional furnace and are designed to solve any outdoor heating needs. A convection garage heater moves air past a heating element warming the air; then the hot air rises away from the heater. 

These garage heaters are best for enclosed spaces and are similar to a forced air heating system in a home. They are easy to use and install and are a great way to warm an entire garage.

Installation: Forced-air garage heaters can be placed in a corner, near a gal line and an electrical outlet. How many BTUs (units of energy) you'd need depends on variables such as your garage size, climate zone and preferred temperature settings. However, a basic rule of thumb for forced-air garage heaters is 45,000 BTU to heat a two to two and a half car garage, and 60,000 BTUs for a three-car garage.


  • Less expensive initial cost (50% less than comparable infrared heater)


  • Noisy
  • Loses heat quickly if garage door is opened (longer recovery time)
  • Heat rises and stratifies (the air is warmer at ceiling, cooler near floor), but you won't notice it with a 7- or 8-ft. ceiling
  • Air movement tends to blow air-born dust around (woodworkers will have to shut down unit before staining and finishing projects)

"Low-Intensity" Infrared Tube Heaters:

Low Intensity Infrared Garage Heating

What is Infrared Garage Heating? An infrared heater is simply a hot surface heating appliance which, like the sun, emits radiant (infrared) wave energy to surfaces below. Upon striking surfaces or objects, the energy converts to heat to warm the surrounding air.

Available in many different styles from infrared to tube heaters. As opposed to convection heaters, radiant heaters work well when you're only looking to heat a specific area as opposed to an enclosed space.

If you plan on working on a project in your garage, particularly with wood or paints, an infrared heather may work better because it doesn't raise dust or keep dust airborne. A forced-air heater will stir up sawdust, which is certainly a problem with many DIY projects usually carried out in the garage, such as painting, re-upholstery, staining, sawing, etc.

However, you won't feel warm as quickly with an infrared heater because it heats objects first, rather than the air. Yet once your concrete floor warms, you'll feel more comfortable because the infrared heat provides uniform and consistent heating rather than dissipating the heat associated with blower fan heaters. With forced-air heat, the air is warmer at the ceiling and cooler at your feet. And a forced-air heater will take longer to reheat the space after the garage door has been opened and shut.

Installation: Installation is markedly different too. For safety reasons, it's advisable that all nearby objects be kept at distance of three to four feet. Infrared heaters must be installed a minimum of 7 ft. above the floor, and must hand down a minimum of 4 in. from the ceiling. It's critical that you make sure objects are not too close. Most infrared garage heaters are installed at the back of a garage pointed toward the garage door, then aimed downward at a 45-degree angle. They can also be installed between car bays if the garage door opener rail allows and you don't have tall vehicles such as a truck or SUV.


  • Little noise
  • No air movement (dust settles)
  • Lower cost to operate
  • More uniform heat distribution (no stratification)
  • Quicker heat recovery if door is opened/closed (floor and objects retain heat)


  • Higher initial cost (50% more than forced-air)
  • Correct location of heater is critical (minimum 7 ft. from floor, 3 ft. from objects). Adequate headroom is also critical, because you can overheat if you're working near the unit.

Radiant Floor Heaters:

See the "Indoor Radiant Heating" section below

Industrial / Commercial Garage Heaters:

Industrial Heaters Available from CES

Industrial heaters provide safe, direct heat in drafty commercial environments such as workshops, warehouses, loading docks and construction sites.  These heavy-duty heaters deliver up to 5,600 watts of quick, quiet heat and they are equipped for low-temperature operations down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Industrial Grade Materials: Constructed with durable materials such as corrosion-resistant steel, epoxy powder paint, and industrial-grade plugs, these commercial heaters excel in rugged environments while maintaining personal safety with features like overheat protection and UL certifications. 

Recommended for large spaces and heavy residential use, garage heaters offer portable convenience and keep your garage warm throughout the winter season. 

Environmental Conditions to Consider:

  • Insulated vs. Non-Insulated Space: An insulated garage or industrial space means the walls and ceiling are insulated, there are quality windows, and a garage door. Non-insulated spaces require more heat, so consider buying a slightly stronger unit if your space isn't insulated.
  • One or Two-Car Garages: Are you heating a one or two-car garage? You'll need a larger heater to warm an entire garage or industrial space. But if you're only heating a specific part of your garage, like a work space, then consider a radiant heater that offers directed heat to your location.
  • Ceiling Height: Garage and industrial space's ceilings are generally at least 8 feet. Higher ceilings mean more cubic area in your space and will require more BTUs of power to heat the space.
  • Temperature Rise: If you live in a particularly cold part of the country, you'll need a more powerful heater to warm the same-sized space. Temperature rise is simply the difference between your desired indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature. Look for a heater with enough power to achieve the temperature rise you seek.

Industrial Heaters come in a variety of models depending on your needs:

Industrial / Commercial Garage Heater Options:

Radiant Heaters:

Industrial Radiant Heaters from CES

Radiant Heaters provide simple, spot heating to objects in the room. They work like the sun's rays - warmth is radiated from the unit to objects or people in its path. You have to be near the heater, so they don't warm entire garages like most electric heaters. They're also efficient and heat more quickly than other types of heaters. Like radiant heaters, they're ideal for people who want to heat specific areas like a work station.

Indoor Radiant Heating:

Most people who own radiant floor heating feel that the more important advantages are comfort and quite operation.  Radiant floor systems allow even heating throughout the whole floor, not just in localized spots as with wood stoves, hot air systems and other types of radiators.

The room heats from the bottom up, warming the feet and body first.  Radiant floor heating also eliminates the draft and dust problems associated with forced-air heating systems.

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Radiant Floor

Even heat distribution may result in lower heating bills.  With radiant floor heating, you may be able to set the thermostat several degrees lower, relative to the other types of central heating systems.  This is because the entire surface of the floor radiates about the same amount of heat that the human body does, making the occupant feel warm even though the air temperature might be only 65 Farhenheit (18 celcius).  It also radiates this heat for a long period of time.  Radiant systems may result in less infiltration of outside air into the house compared to houses with forced-air heating.  Radiant floor heating proponents claim that fuel savings of 15% to 20% over forced air systems are possible.  However, recent reports suggest that this may not be the case, since occupants may not be comfortable with a "low" thermostat setting and thus not set it lower.

Radiant floor heating also allows for lower boiler temperatures, which may result in the boiler lasting longer (a 45 year life is not unusual).  Radiant floors operate between 85-140 Ferhrenhiet (29-60 ceclius), compared to other hydronic heating systems' range of 130-160 Ferherinheit )54-71 celcius).    

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To some, the greatest advantage of radiant floor heating is aesthetic.  The system is invisible.  There are no heat registers or radiators to obstruct furniture arrangements and interior design plans.  Radiant floor systems also eliminate the fan noise of forced hot air systems.

"High-Intensity" Infrared Heaters:

Similar to radiant heaters, infrared wavelength technology provides targeted warmth to your work area. Since they don't use a fan, they're known for their silent operation, but can't disperse warm air throughout your space like a fan-forced electric heater. Infrared and radiant heaters are great options for small areas or spaces where heat can be directed to one location.

Infrared Space Heaters: Infrared Space Heaters Infrared Space heaters are best applied in buildings with high ceilings and areas where there is a high demand for a heat load, such as loading docks or bay areas
Infrared Patio Heaters: Infrared Patio Heaters Patio Heaters are used to provide indoor and outdoor spot heating to applications such as restaurant patios, decks and vestibules
Portable Construction Infrared Heaters: Portable Construction Infrared Heaters Portable heaters are generally mounted to a 20 lb., 10-inch base LP tank and are designed for outdoor or inside areas under construction. They are ideal when temporary heat is required or where a permanent energy source is not available

Gas / Diesel / Kerosene Heaters:

Industrial Gas Heaters

While not recommended in garages or enclosed areas, gas or diesel heaters are common for industrial applications. These powerful heaters tend to take a little longer to warm up, but can heat your space just as efficiently and effectively as other heater types. Gas heaters are popular for various industrial applications like water damage restoration, new construction drying and warming large unheated job sites.

We provide garage & industrial heater products from the following manufacturers:

Garage Heaters from Hot Dawg Available at CES Roberts Gordon Products Available at CES
Modine Products Available at CES

Outdoor Appliances

Combined Energy Services also offers a variety of other gas appliances to enhance the exterior of our home or business!  Create ambiance by adding a fire pit or fire and water elements.  Extend your outdoor summer season by installing propane patio heaters.  Create ease and safety with snow melt systems on driveways and walkways.  

Outdoor Radiant Heating:

Install a snow melting system and enjoy the benefits of: during winter save on maintenance costs, avoid shoveling, eliminate rock salt usage which can destroy concrete and interiors of buildings; reduce injury and risk of slip and falls.  

CES can install radiant snow-melt systems inside walkways, staircases, patios, entrance-ways and driveways.  Turn on & off as needed and pays for itself against maintenance costs very quickly. 

 Outdoor Radiant Heat for Home

Outdoor Fire Pits:

Camp fires are a great addition to your home on a spring or summer evening... There is nothing better than sitting around the fire, enjoying a warm evening, socializing with family and friends. 

Everyone loves a fire but not everyone loves dealing with the effects of wood.  From gathering wood, dealing with smoke constantly blowing in your face and cleaning ashes can be a pain to deal with!  With a propane outdoor fire pit / camp fire, dealing with these inconveniences are a thing of the past.  

Another benefit that wood doesn't provide, your propane fire pit can even be placed on your patio or deck.

CES has been installing fire pits for the almost 30 years.  We have expert industry knowledge on the type of fire pit or camp fire that will best suit your home.

Get your Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

Grand Effects Fire & Water Elements:

Grand Effects

We provide outdoor appliances from the following manufacturers: 

RH Peterson Co Appliances Grand Effects Fire & Water Features

Contact CES to order your heating appliances today!