How to Cool Down Your Garage
When summer starts heating up, so does your garage. If you’re greeted with a blast of hot air as you enter your garage, you may want to control the heat. We’ll discuss how to make your garage cooler in the summer.
1. Install Insulation
Most garages aren’t adequately insulated, while some lack insulation completely. Proper insulation reduces heat transfer from the outdoors into your garage. Adding insulation to your garage’s walls, ceiling and door and weatherstripping its windows and door frames can significantly improve the temperature.
2. Use Fans
Fans are an inexpensive way to cool down your garage. Fans improve ventilation by pushing cool air into the room and forcing hot air out. While they won’t necessarily reduce your garage’s temperature, fans generate airflow to deliver relief from the heat.
3. Upgrade Your Ventilation System
Garage ventilation systems improve airflow within your garage, allowing hot air to escape through the vents as it rises. Passive ventilation methods, like spinning turbine roof vents, require minimal energy consumption and dispel heat from the garage’s attic. Active ventilation systems, though more expensive, are most efficient for hot air removal. You can install these mechanically-driven systems on your garage’s roof or walls.
4. Buy a Dehumidifier
High humidity makes garages feel hotter and stuffier. If you live in a high-humidity area, consider purchasing a dehumidifier for your garage. These machines remove moisture from the air to reduce condensation and temperature. Dehumidifiers are especially effective with a sound ventilation system.
5. Add Air Conditioning
Though air conditioning is a costlier option for cooling your garage, it’s also one of the most effective. You can choose from various air conditioning types to suit your budget, such as central air conditioning, window-mounted air conditioners or portable air conditioning units.
Before investing in air conditioning, ensure your garage is adequately ventilated to prevent cool air from escaping.
6. Use Lighter Paint Colors
You may not think much about your garage door color, but it impacts your garage’s temperature. Darker door colors absorb more heat, causing them to grow hotter faster. If your garage doors are dark, consider painting them a lighter shade to minimize heat entry.
7. Decrease Clutter
Using your garage as a storage space can unintentionally make it hotter. Any items that take up floor space — like machinery, boxes and furniture — obstruct airflow, retain heat and reduce air quality. Consider using storage systems like cabinets, overhead racks and shelving to get items off the floor where they will not impact airflow.
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