The Midwest can be mercilessly cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. Thanks to heating and cooling, it is easy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house, but unfortunately, it can be expensive to extend climate control to the garage.
July and August are the hottest months of the year, but they are also the best time for fun outdoor activities that typically involve garage time: DIY projects, working on your car, getting bikes out of storage, etc. Luckily, there are easy and affordable ways to control the heat in your garage even if you can’t control the high temperatures outside.
Bulk-Up Your Insulation
Most garages lack necessary insulation (if they have any insulation at all). But insulation is the key factor to keeping your garage cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Insulation in the walls, ceiling and even the garage door provide significant benefits. Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton™ has a selection of insulated garage doors that are available in nine colors and three wood grain finishes.
If you plan to insulate your garage, you should also take the time to weatherstrip and caulk any gaps to the outside. These insulation improvements will benefit you all year round as well as add value to your home.
Choose Lighter Colors
Lighter colors reflect heat instead of absorbing it like darker colors do. Choose a lighter color for your garage door, exterior walls and even the roof to keep your garage cooler in the summer. It can also be beneficial to give every surface in your garage a fresh, light paint job.
Fans Are One Of The Easiest And Least Expensive Solutions
A ceiling fan is one of the most cost effective ways to cool down your garage. Make sure your garage has enough clearance for a ceiling fan, and also make sure to choose the correct size fan for the size of your garage.
Window fans are another affordable option. The most efficient way to use a box fan according to the U.S. Department of Energy is to close the windows near the fan and open the windows on the opposite side as the fan. If the window is on the side of a shaded area, it will bring in cooler air as well. Therefore, if you have two windows in your garage, you can utilize a box fan for significant results.
Keeping your garage cool can make those summer projects enjoyable and comfortable. Call us today to see how big of a difference an insulated garage door can make.