Do you like spending your free time in your garage? If so, you’re one of countless Americans who uses their garage as a place to escape too instead of parking their cars. No matter what you use it for, one of your key concerns this summer may be staying cool. Unlike the rest of your home, your garage may not necessarily be wired with air conditioning. If you have trouble beating the heat in your garage, the following garage cooling suggestions can help you cool off in no time.
Believe it or not, the location of your garage in proximity to the rest of your home plays a large factor in how hot and cool it stays during the summer. For example, if your garage faces the east, it’s less likely to heat up as much as if it is facing west. Short of tearing down your garage and quite possibly your home to avoid this issue, there are a few things you can do to make it work to your advantage. The first being to observe the times when your garage starts to heat up. Don’t wait until it is sweltering hot like a furnace. Instead place a thermometer inside and make a note of the different temperatures at various times of the day and night.
Inspect your garage so you can determine what kind of ventilation it has. Garages that have little to no ventilation are harder to keep cool than garage structures that have sufficient ventilation. Insulation plays a contributing factor as well. If your garage is not properly insulated, you’ll have issues keeping it a comfortable temperature no matter what time of the day or year it is.
If you do park your car in the garage, you should stop doing so on the days you plan to be inside of your garage. The heat from your car’s engine can increase the temperature inside of your garage significantly in less time than you think.
Check the weather every day. If you know that the temperatures are going to be above 75 degrees on any particular day, try to stay out of your garage. If you can’t, at least choose the times of day and evening when the temperatures are at their lowest.
You can use fans to cool off your garage. You have the option of using portable house fans, industrial strength fans, and ceiling fans. Keep in mind that fans can generate a bit of heat when they are left on. Industrial fans can be noisy. Ceiling fans are great garage cooling solutions that you can use to add beauty and function.
If you’re feeling adventurous and wanting a more permanent garage cooling solution that requires fewer personal adjustments, contact your local HVAC tech. Ask them about installing an air conditioning system and improving the ductwork in your garage to make the area more comfortable and easier to manage temperature wise.
Even if you don’t use your garage for yourself all too often, if you use it to store personal items, it’s a good idea to add some air conditioning. Not all items are safe from the effects of high-temperature exposure. Also, it can help prevent the heat from your garage from crossing over into your home.
There are plenty of ways you can use various garage cooling solutions to decrease the heat in your garage. For more ideas, air conditioning installation, ventilation improvements and more, contact the experts at PJ’s HVAC. We’re here to make your space as cool and comfortable as possible.