If you enjoy working or spending leisure time in your garage, then you know how unpleasant it can be once the summer heat kicks in. Whether you're working on a car or some other recreational project, a hot and humid garage can make for a miserable environment. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple ways to go about keeping your garage cooler, even on the hottest days of the year.
Add Air Circulation
A little air circulation can go a long way in making your garage more comfortable. While circulating the air may not technically lower the temperature inside your garage, it will reduce the heat index and make you feel cooler while you work. Adding air circulation is as simple as bringing in an oscillating fan or box fan. If your garage has windows, make sure they're open so as to allow a breeze to flow through. Opening your garage door(s) will also help air flow more freely through the space, even if it is only a few inches.
Have Insulation Installed
Many garages are built without insulation, so if your garage isn't insulated, now is a good time to consider having this done. Insulating your garage walls, ceiling, windows, and doors is a great way to better control temperatures not just in the summer, but all year-round. Even if your garage was insulated when it was constructed, it may be time for an insulation upgrade, especially if it's been a couple of decades since your garage was built.
Consider a Fresh Coat of Paint
When it comes to cheap but effective solutions, this is about as good as it gets. Darker colours tend to absorb the sun's rays, so if your garage door or exterior walls are a darker colour (such as grey, dark brown, or black), your garage space could be much warmer than it should be during the summer. By simply re-painting your garage exterior walls and installing a lighter garage door (such as cream, light grey, or white), you can actually make your garage reflect the sun's rays instead of absorbing them. This, in turn, will keep the space cooler.
Replace Your Garage Door
If your garage door is more than 10 years old, there's a good chance it's no longer very effective or efficient when it comes to insulating your space. You might want to consider having a new garage door installed; doing so will help to improve both heat and sound insulation within your garage space while freshening up the curb appeal of your home. Panelift™ doors are a great choice here because these B&D Roller Doors come in a great range of styles and colours, are energy efficient and have excellent insulating qualities with optional additional insulation available via the selection of a B&D Enviropanel™ door.
To find out more about Panelift® Icon™ doors or to request a quote for replacing the existing roller doors on your garage, contact Wholesale Garage today. And be sure to give some of these other tips a try to see what works best in maintaining a more comfortable garage work space this summer!