The weather is hot here in Central Texas in July. With temperatures rising to 100 degrees and over, it’s hard to keep cool. Garages are especially vulnerable to the heat. They seem to retain it better than other areas of the house. If you can’t adequately cool your garage in summer, you may be wasting energy and making the rest of your home warmer as a result. Don’t worry – the situation is not hopeless. We’ve got 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer.
1) Insulate the garage door
Need to make your garage cooler? One of the best things you can do is to insulate the door. If you have a wood door, you may not need to insulate as wood is a natural insulator. Contact a garage door professional like the ones at Texas Garage Repair to insulate your door if necessary. They will place polystyrene or reflective insulating panels on the inside of metal and fiberglass doors. This will insulate the garage area. The panels need to be cut to fit your door and secured by taping them in place with painter’s tape.
For the remainder of the garage – you should also search for drafty areas and seal them. Cover up thermal conductors like metal with insulated materials. Some of these are plywood, particle board, plastic or rubber. You may also want to consider double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones on your door. However, if money is an issue, this change can be forgotten. It’s not exactly cost-effective.
2) Get a garage ventilation fan
It’s a good idea to place ventilation fans in the garage or to install them in the side walls. Freestanding fans should be turned so they force air out through an open door or window. For a cooler garage, install wall fans on either side of the garage to so air goes in one vent and comes out the other. When installing these ventilation fans, you may need the help of a seasoned professional because you’ll need to deal with circuit breakers, partial wall removal and supportive braces. If you have a vaulted ceiling in your garage, you may consider a ceiling fan.
3) Reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your garage
You can keep your garage cooler during summer by planting trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees grow big and thick, they’ll cast a nice and solid shadow over your garage during most of the daylight hours. Doing this alone can lower the temp in your garage by a few degrees.
4) Install weatherstripping on your garage door
If you want to keep your garage cooler during the summer months (and warmer during the winter months), the installation of weatherstripping is a good way to go. You should get a self-adhesive type and seal the bottom edge of your garage door, eliminating the gap between the door and the floor when the door is closed. This will keep exterior hot air out of the garage.
5) Paint and caulk your garage door
To keep your garage door cooler in summer, it’s a good idea to paint the door white, off-white, cream or beige. Really any light color will do. Dark colors will absorb the sun’s rays and radiate heat into your garage. If your home is west-facing, you are especially susceptible to this. You should also seal any visible gaps between the garage door and frame with silicone caulk. Pay extra attention to not caulk any seams that allow the door to open and close.
There you have it – 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer. If you need help with any of the steps, please feel free to call us at Texas Garage Repair. We’re available 24/7 to assist you with your garage door needs. We can be reached at 512.518.6606.