No matter where you live, a hot garage can make working outside unbearable. When your garage is sweltering, nobody wants to work there, let alone hang out. Whether you’re using it for work, play, or storage, keeping that area cool is a must.
If you have your eye on a garage gym, man cave, or just a place to do work in peace, climate control is necessary. Fortunately, there are multiple ways for you to enjoy that space this summer without melting in the heat.
Summer tips for a cool garage
One of the easiest things you can do to minimize the effects of heat in your garage is to simply be smart about when you’re using it. Obviously don’t go out to work on your car in the middle of the summer day when the sun is right overhead. Early mornings are great; the sun hasn’t been beating down on your property all day. Early evenings are good, too, just open your garage door for a bit before you head in to let some stuffy heat out.
Park your car outside to cool off
When you come home from a spin across town, your car is just full of heat. When you park it in your garage, all of that heat dissipates into the air and raises the temperature reasonably higher. When you get home in the summer, park your car outside for an hour or two if you can – it will make a dramatic difference in the climate inside your garage.
Improve your garage’s ventilation system
Naturally, a closed system will conserve heat better than an open one and sometimes our garages are sealed too effectively. This keeps hot air trapped inside making it like a really big oven and nobody wants that. Improving an existing ventilation system (or installing a new one) will help air move better between the outside and inside.
Even installing some fans will help keep your garage cooler by several degrees. Keep that air moving!
Use a dehumidifier
Anyone that lives in the Midwest will tell you – it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity that gets you. While it’s a time-worn saying, there’s a lot of truth to it. Humidity makes it feel significantly warmer than it actually is, so keeping the air dry is an effective tool in the fight against a hot garage. Not only does drier air feel cooler, but it also helps your air conditioning work more effectively (if you have one installed).
Ban the clutter
An organized space helps airflow more efficiently, which makes any cooling system work better. From simple shelving to full-on organizational strategies, getting your clutter into a designated space will help keep your garage cool.
Consider getting some help
If your garage is your oasis, but it’s been feeling more like a desert, contact Matrix Home Solutions. Our staff has years of experience in designing and implementing systems that improve garage spaces, making them pleasant to use.
Whether you’re working, working out, or hardly working in your garage, why not make it as nice as it can be? When you’re ready to hire a Chicago garage remodeler, call Matrix first. We can give you a free quote and help you with design ideas to turn your garage into a cool, functional space.