For many of us, a garage is more than just a space to park cars or store bicycles. It is also a workshop, game room, party space and the perfect spot to watch a rain shower. Controlling a garage’s climate can be a challenge. It can be expensive (and often unnecessary) to extend the AC or heat into this space. But a couple updates and fixes now can help you keep your cool this summer.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Most garages lack necessary insulation (if they have any insulation at all). Yet, insulation is the key factor in 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 install weather stripping and caulk any gaps to the outside. These insulation improvements will benefit you all year round as well as add value to your home.
Keep Wall and Door Colors Light
Lighter colors reflect heat, instead of absorbing it as 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’s beneficial to give every surface in your garage a fresh, light paint job as it will look brighter and feel cooler.
Install a Fan
A ceiling fan is one of the most cost-effective ways to cool down your garage. Be sure your garage door 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.
A third alternative is to buy a high-velocity fan that you can mount or sit on the floor. These fans should be large, sturdy and have a lot of power to move air across your garage.
Keeping your garage cool can make summer projects enjoyable and comfortable. Contact us today to see how big of a difference an insulated garage door can make.