During the triple-digit temperatures of summer, spending any time – even the few minutes it takes to walk from your car to the door, in the garage can seem unbearable. This is because the temperature in your garage can either be the same or as much as 5˚ to 10˚ F warmer than the temperature outside. If you want to do more than just park the car in your garage this summer, you’ll need to find effective ways such as adding an evaporative cooler, insulating the garage door, and installing weatherstripping to cool the garage.
Add an Evaporative Cooler
An evaporative cooler, also known as a swamp cooler, is a cost-effective way to cool your garage. Available in a variety of designs and capacities, evaporative coolers are portable, meaning they can easily be moved around the garage. Industrial strength swamp coolers can also be found either online or at local retailers. Ductwork must be mounted in a window or placed in a wall opening.
Consider Garage Insulation
Garage door insulation can reduce energy bills, absorb street noise, and control humidity. Batt insulation, foam board insulation, and reflective insulation are the most popular types of insulation. You may also want to consider insulating the walls and ceiling – especially if there are living quarters directly adjacent or above the garage. Insulation should be installed to a certain depth to obtain the required R-value for Arizona.
Weatherstripping, when coupled with garage insulation and threshold seals, can help make your garage feel cooler. Additional advantages include keeping dirt, debris, and rodents out; reducing drafts; and conserving energy. Install self-adhesive weatherstripping between each panel and threshold seals on the bottom of the garage door. These materials can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.
If you’ve been considering a new garage door, the color is an important factor to consider, especially if your home faces south. Lighter colored doors will reflect the sun’s rays and keep your garage cooler than darker colored doors. White, French gray, and other light colors are best. Installing a new garage door has the added benefit of a 98.3% return on investment (ROI) should you ever decide to sell your home.
Is your garage so cluttered that your car won’t fit? Sort your belongings into three categories: trash, donate/sell, and keep. Install space-saving storage systems such as overhead racks, shelving units, and peg boards for everything in the “keep” category. Put away your fall, winter and spring gear, and bring your summer toys to the forefront. This will allow you to both park the car and cool the garage.
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