Top 3 Heating Systems to Consider for Your Pole Barn

The rafter ductwork in this pole barn makes heating during the winter a breeze.

The more comfortable a space is, the more likely you are to use it. Some people use their pole barn for storage of materials. Much like a garage, this would not need to be a heated area. However, if you are like most pole barn owners, your pole barn is much more a part of your life.

Whether your pole barn is your home, home to your hoofed friends, or cars/equipment that you want to take care of, make sure to consider the heating and cooling needs of your barn. 

Temperature control in your pole barn has many factors. Let's go through the best ways to heat your pole barn to control the temperature during the cold winter months. 


If you only store tools in a garage, you won't need to insulate the space, let alone control its temperature. A pole barn, on the other hand, presents a unique set of potential uses that often require careful temperature management.

Pole barns have proven to be incredibly versatile structures, finding applications as animal shelters, expansive workspaces, cozy living spaces, or even specialized storage for items that demand consistent temperature conditions. In regions experiencing the extremes of cold winters, the installation and upkeep of an effective heating system become paramount.

How to Heat a Pole Barn: Top 3 Solutions

Whether providing a comfortable working environment, ensuring the health of animals, or safeguarding valuable possessions, an effective heating system is essential in cold weather.

By implementing proper insulation and temperature regulation mechanisms, pole barns can fulfill their intended purposes optimally and sustainably throughout the year. Let's go through some of your options for heating your pole barn.


Furnaces are one of the most common forms of heating a space. Furnaces work by burning gas or propane to heat a building. These work best with insulated pole barns. You will also need a forced-air system to distribute heat throughout your pole barn. Ductwork can either be tucked away or left out in the open, depending on the use and traffic in your pole barn. 


Others prefer a heat pump, typically a more energy-efficient heating option than the standard furnace. Heat pumps combine a heating and cooling system all into one efficient unit. Due to its cost and its versatility, you can use this one system all year!

The system basically works by drawing warm air from outside the pole barn to inside it. In the summer months, the direction of air also gets reversed to get rid of the hot air inside. There are both air-source heat pumps and geothermal/water-source heat pumps. Talk to your contractor to know what is the best option for your location.


Radiant heating is another option for you to consider. With this heating model, you will need to decide on the heat coming out of the ceiling or the floor. Radiant heat systems will usually be more efficient than forced-air models because you won't lose any heat in the ductwork. With radiant heat, you will warm objects directly instead of heating up the air within your pole barn. 


There are many options for you to control the temperature of your pole barn as we move into the winter months. Working with an experienced contractor will ensure you get the right experience from building your pole barn.

You will also need the right materials for your building - that is where Mansea Metal comes into the pole barn building picture. We are metal fabricators that can produce full pole barn kits for you and we can even recommend contractors that we trust. Give us a call today to discuss your needs.

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