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June 1, 2017

Best Heating and Cooling Options for Pole Barns

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when a customer wants to buy a pole barn kit is “how will I heat and cool my pole barn?” The Pole Barn Company wishes all questions were this simple because the answer is “you have many, many options!”

While all traditional methods such as a full central air and forced furnace HVAC system, fireplace, floor or baseboard heat, propane unit heater or ductless mini split work, many times the answer can be found in how you intend to use your pole barn.

Here are a few of proven examples for a heating and cooling plan for pole barns:

If you plan to build a 30x40 pole barn with 10’ ceilings and walls that will be insulated for a shop, The Pole Barn Company can suggest a 75,000 BTU Propane Gas Low Profile Garage & Space Heater. This will make achieving temperatures of 65 degrees in the worst of winter very achievable (in most regions). Propane heaters like this deliver between 80% and 82% thermal efficiency and meet the new standards of gas-fired unit heaters. 

If you are planning to use your pole barn for something bigger and better, like a 40x70 home or workplace studio, then The Pole Barn Company recommends you install a 3.5 ton full heating and cooling system with ac condensing unit and forced air furnace. Premium systems like Trane, Carrier, Lennox or Rheem offer 10 year manufacturer warranties on these systems. The other thing we can recommend to achieve high efficiency and lower utility bills is to add a smart thermostat compatible with your HVAC system and programming it for in- and away-from-work occupancy. The NEST thermostat actually “learns” your activity and within 6 weeks programs the most efficient calls for heat and cooling to keep your utility bills in check.

There are many other options that also work that are easy to install but a little less costly for a fully occupied space, than the full HVAC system. One such option is a ductless mini split. These are ideal for wide open spaces like 20x40 or 30x40 pole barns. These medium spaces that would be occupied much of the time, could be fully satisfied with this heating and cooling option.

A southern Michigan customer of The Pole Barn Company says he has floor (and base) board heat.  His pole barn is is 40x50 with 20' ceiling height. He keeps it at 65 degrees and enjoy bills under $200 average per month, even in the worst of winter. If you didn’t use your pole barn all of the time, like this customer who runs a photo studio in it, you could actually reduce the number of board heaters and only turn them on when in use. This will significantly reduce the heating and cooling bills in your pole barn.

Finally, one of our customers uses a pellet stove to heat a pole building of similar size and love it!  You can install yourself without issue. He boasts that he usually spends only $230 a year to heat his shop with pellets.

While these are only a few of the options available, you can see that the solutions to heat and cool a pole barn are endless. It only depends on what your intended use is…and how much you want to pay.

To build your ideal pole barn, visit http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=. Choose your options and budget in your heating and cooling system and you can be in your new pole barn with 10 weeks.

Got questions? Call The Pole Barn Company at 844-213-0034. We have your answers!




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