Keeping your garage cool in the summer or warm in the winter can be a challenge if you haven’t invested in proper climate control. If you intend to spend any significant amount of time in your garage or have items that require climate control for safe storage, this is an important investment to make.
Changes in temperature throughout the year can result in metal or wooden objects expanding, contracting and warping. Even the structure of the garage itself could move with the temperature in ways that could affect its structural integrity.
If you have an attached garage, keeping your garage at a consistent temperature will also help you avoid expending an unnecessary amount of energy (and money) on your home’s heating and cooling.
So, how do you establish strong climate control measures in your garage? Here are five helpful garage climate control tips for you to follow:
- Install insulation: Many garages are not at all insulated, which is one of the main reasons why they see such massive temperature swings. Install insulation in between all wall studs, around all openings like windows and doors and in the windows to keep cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer.
- Add heating or cooling: You’ll be able to take greater control over the temperature in your garage if you install a heating or cooling unit. This will be particularly easy if you have an attached garage, as you may be able to run a vent into it from your main HVAC system. However, you can also add portable or window air conditioners, electric space heaters or vented combustion heaters, which only use outside air and then vent out dirty air to prevent issues with carbon monoxide.
- Humidity control: Implementing humidity control measures, especially if you add heating or cooling, can also help you better manage the climate within your garage. These heating and cooling units might introduce more humidity into the environment, but dehumidifiers can prevent this from becoming an issue. Some portable air conditioners also have dehumidifying functionality, so keep an eye out for that feature as you peruse the market.
- Consider your windows and doors: If your garage has windows or service doors, make sure you consider the quality of the windows and doors and the insulation around them. Use the same caliber of window you’d put in your house. An old-fashioned single-pane window will result in a lot more air leakage and problems with controlling the climate.
- Get the right garage door: The garage door you use can significantly influence how well you’re able to regulate the temperature in your space. Make sure you choose a model that has built-in insulating properties. While this will cost you more initially, the energy savings and the improved climate control will be worth it in the long run.
Want some more tips for keeping your garage cool with improved climate control? Contact the team at Action Door Service today with your questions. We’d love to schedule a consultation to discuss your project.