How much time we typically spend in our garage? Normally, the average time will be 20-30 minutes in a day.
But if you are living in a hot climate state (like North Florida, California, Texas, Miami, etc.) where the optimum temperature is about 35 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius, it will be very tough to stay comfortably for some time in the garage. So cooling a garage is crucial and keeping it cool in summer and spring is a real challenge.
Reasons behind the Garage become Hot
First of all, let’s take a look the main causes of a very heated garage.
- In peak hour, the sun ray falls in the earth perpendicularly. During this time the sun will burn everything in the universe including your garage. The garage ceiling and walls absorb the heat waves in daylight and radiate the heat later.
- We store some household equipment (mowers, tractors, saws, etc.) in the garage. Often we use these types of equipment and pull them in the garage without allowing them to cool down in outside first. The hot engines or motors of this equipment increase the temperature of the garage.
- Usually, we park our vehicles in the garage after driving it for a very long time. The engine of the vehicles radiate extreme heat, and thus the garage becomes hot quickly.
Best Ways to Cool a Garage In Most Efficiently
If you have a big budget, then it will be very simple and easy to survive in this extreme condition. Only you have to buy a central air conditioner, and the problem is solved. But everyone is not capable of buying expensive air condition and its very high monthly maintenance cost.
You can use some methods that are very inexpensive but most efficient way to maintain desirable temperature in the garage. So this will you enjoy working in garage activities more pleasantly and comfortably.
Let’s take a look the tips that can make your garage cool for summer in a cheap away…
Insulating the Ceiling of the Garage
Usually, This old school trick is used to cool the house or bedroom. Insulation in the ceiling can prevent the heat wave to transfer inside the room. You can also use this method to cool the garage. Paperback butt insulation is very cheap and best for this purpose. Use staples to keep the butt insulation paper in the proper place of the garage ceiling. Also, staples can fasten netting of the paper insulation.
Basement or underground type garage do not need any ceiling insulation. The ceiling of basement garage doesn’t get sunlight directly.
Insulate the Garage Door
Wood works as an excellent insulator. So if you already have a wood garage door, you don’t have to insulate the inner door. It will protect the room from the outside heat naturally. But usually, most of the door of garages is made of hard metal or fiberglass. This kind of doors absorbs a large amount of heat.
In that case, you have to install polystyrene panels or reflective insulating panels inside of the garage door. Cut the panels according to the size of the garage door and use glows of tape to fix it on the door.
Change Color of Garage Door
White or light colors (like off-white or cream color) absorb fewer heat waves and reflect the majority amount of heat of sunlight. White color garage door absorbs only 20%-25% of the extreme heat of the sun and also reflect the sunlight. A brown color garage doors absorb almost 75%-80% heat of the sun. So it is ideal to paint or repaint your garage door white or other light colors.
Planting a Tree
Trees always increase the beauty of a home. The green color is claiming and sooth our eyes and quickly removes the eye strain. Trees provide shade. It blocks the sunlight and reduces the air temperature. Trees decrease the air temperature by evaporating the leaf water. A single tree can produce the cooling effect equivalent to 10 room size air conditioner running for 20 hours a day.
So a tree can solve the cooling problem in a great extend if you plant a tree outside of your garage. It will improve the view of our garage and also it will be work like a natural air conditioner for your garage. This tree will increase the value of your property dramatically.
Clean the Garage Regularly.
Small particles absorb heat and then emit it later slowly. A dirty garage has a high amount of dirty and unwanted particulate matter and things. So they absorb heats and diffuse it after some time. It is vital and healthy to clean the garage regularly.
A good garage is decorated with some high-quality floor mat. You have to clean the floor mat on a weekly basis.
Add Ventilation Fans
Forcing the hot air outside the window or door and bringing the fresh and cool air is the primary technique to make a room cool. Place a powerful freestanding fan like tower fan, pedestal fan or floor fan such that they can forcefully move the hot air through the open door or window.
Install wall mounted fans on both sides of the garage to move the air through one vent and out through other vents. This work needs enough experience to deal with circuit breaker or wall removal. So it is best to hire a professional in this field to help you for this purpose.
Install Weather Strip
Install self-adhesive weather stripping in the gaps between the garage door and floor when the door is closed. Open the garage door half of the way up and install the weather stripping in the bottom rim of the garage door. In same way weather stripping the garage window slashes.
Techniques that I discussed above needs more time and effort, but this will save your money. This improvement needs low cost, but it will increase the value of your property sky high. If you insulate the garage efficiently, it will not only keep your garage cool in summer but also harm in winter. So keep in mind these methods while you are remodeling your garage.
March 19, 2017