Garages, like attics, are infamous for how hot they can get during the summer months. The good news, though, is that your garage can actually be a comfortable temperature, even at the hottest time of the year. Here are some ways that you can help keep your garage cool as the weather warms up.
Install a garage door that features insulation.
Of course, one of the best things you can do to stabilize temperatures in your garage is install a garage door with insulation. The additional layer (or two) of insulation will help reduce temperatures in your garage significantly during the summer months. Steel garage doors often come with insulation as an add-on option, so consider investing in this option if it’s time for you to get a new steel door.
Install a light colored garage door.
While you’re at it, you might consider opting for a garage door that is light in color. Why? A light colored door will reflect light rather than absorb it, meaning that less heat will radiate into your garage.
Update your garage door weatherstripping.
How is the weatherstripping along the bottom edge of your garage door? Weatherstripping is essential for keeping hot exterior air out of your garage, so if it seems to be broken or worn in any way, it’s a good idea to replace it.
Add insulation to your walls.
Garage walls are often left unfinished by builders, and this means that they often have little in the way of insulation. Insulation, however, makes a major difference in how warm or cool your garage is during the warm spring and summer months. Consider making one of your big spring home renovation projects this year adding insulation to your garage walls (this includes your ceiling), so you can enjoy cooler temperatures in your garage all spring and summer long. And remember—you do not necessarily need to cover this insulation with wallboard, but doing so will keep pets and children from messing with it, and it will make for a more attractive garage overall.
Add ventilation fans.
You might also consider installing ventilation fans in your garage. You can use low freestanding fans to force air out of an open window or slightly open garage door, and you can use fans installed in the wall to increase airflow and cool air overall. Ventilation fan installation is something that is best taken up with a professional, as it requires knowledge about circuit breakers, wall removal, and supportive braces.