As the weather warms up, you may notice your garage rapidly keeps pace with the increased temperature changes. For most homes, the central air conditioning system isn’t connected to the garage — regardless of whether you have an attached or detached garage — and you may find that your garage becomes a hot box in the summer. Aside from just the outside temperature, your garage can become overheated due to its location facing the sun, darker paint colors that attract the light, a lack of insulation, limited ventilation and even the heat that emits from your parked car’s engine after a long drive.
Whether you don’t want to get scorched on the short trip to and front your home or need a more comfortable space to work on your car or other hobbies, there are several easy, cost-effective garage cooling solutions to fit your needs.
How to Keep Your Garage Cool
Keeping your garage cool during the summer months may have been a challenge in the past, but with these simple solutions, you can better regulate the temperature in your garage. Depending on your expectations, time and budget, several of these garage cooling solutions should work well for you:
- Space A/C Unit: With an individual air conditioning unit housed in your garage, you have virtually no set up and can keep the space as cool as you desire. By having one of these units running, you can also improve energy costs in your home. For example, any rooms above or sharing walls with your garage won’t experience transferred heat — meaning your home’s air conditioning unit won’t have to work so hard to cool your house.
- Adding Insulation: Garages typically either have very little insulation or no insulation at all, meaning it gets sweltering during the summer months and frigid during the winter. Adding insulation to the walls of your garage is easy — just place it in the space then seal it with drywall.
- Update Garage Door: Several factors of your garage door could contribute to an overheated garage — such as no insulation, poor weatherstripping or a dark paint color, to name a few. Wood or manufactured insulated garage doors are an excellent option if you’re looking to upgrade, however, if you want to use your existing door, you can cut insulation to fit into the panels. Look into updating worn weatherstripping that could be allowing warm air in and letting cool air out. Finally, garage doors that are painted in dark colors like blues and blacks are natural attractors to sunlight — try repainting the door to a reflecting color like white or cream.
- Ventilation Fans: To manually create air flow, install air vents in your garage. With these fans, you can keep the air moving and use an open window or cracked garage door for circulation which will cool the space.
- Improved Air Circulation: If you’re on a budget, you can also increase air circulation by opening all outside facing doors and windows and letting the air move through these openings.
For Garage Door Services, Call Cookson Door Sales Today
If you’re a homeowner in the Phoenix, AZ, area looking for garage door installation or repair services, contact the professionals at Cookson Door Sales. We have more than 25 years of garage door maintenance and installation experience and can repair any garage door, including overhead, rolling and specialty doors. Plus, we even provide free service estimates and 24-hour emergency services. To learn more about our garage door offerings or schedule an appointment, call us today at (480) 377-8777 or complete our online contact form.