Keeping a garage a comfortable temperature in the summer can make that time more pleasant. Here's what you need to know.
Insulation is the key to controlling indoor climates. Without insulation, climate control is almost impossible. Unfortunately, many garages are uninsulated.
Work with an insulation contractor to ensure that the job is done right. Although insulation is not difficult to install, it's important to do it right. Should you accidentally cover the vents or airways, condensation could become a problem. Eventually, this could lead to mold.
Insulate your garage door as well as your walls. Garage door insulation is sold in foam strips that can be easily packed against the inside of the door. If you're replacing your garage door sometime soon, talk to your garage door contractor about installing a Thermacore model. Thermacore doors are made from steel with a polyurethane core to prevent heat transfer when temperatures outside are extreme.
Garage doors are designed to slide up and down along a track. To avoid friction with the garage wall, there is a slight gap between the door and the door frame. Unfortunately, this gap allows air to flow between the garage exterior and interior. Weatherstripping can prevent this air exchange.
To install weatherstripping, contact a garage door contractor, or complete it as a DIY project. Garage door weatherstripping is a flexible strip that can be nailed around the perimeter of the garage door frame. This strip blocks the air and prevents hot summer air from entering the garage.
3. Install Climate Control
Many homeowners aren't quite ready to install air conditioning in their garage, but if you're looking for a less expensive option, a dehumidifier and fan can go a long way.
Assuming your garage is a relatively small space, you may also buy a portable air conditioner. Before making your purchase, check the electrical service in the garage to ensure that your garage gets enough power to support this kind of appliance.
4. Paint with Light Colors
Dark colors absorb heat. If your garage and garage door are painted a dark color, this can heat the space inside. Repainting your garage can keep the exterior and interior cool when the sun beats down.
Work With Your Garage Door Contractor
For more ideas about how to keep garage cool in summer, work with a garage door contractor. At Overhead Door in Oklahoma City, we're happy to answer your questions, so contact us today.