The summer months are upon us and warmer weather can’t come soon enough with all the rain we’ve had lately. We’re ready for some outdoor fun in the sun! Along with the sun comes heat, especially in the garage, that can sometimes feel like a sauna! Here are a few tips to battle the heat and save you money!
- Proper weather stripping is key. This will help in summer and winter. Make sure you seal the garage around the door frame and any windows wherever the outdoor elements can find their way in.
- Landscaping. You can provide a natural coolant for your garage by strategically placing your landscaping in the right places. Placing a tree or two in perfect location can make all the difference.
- Fresh paint. Unless you’re considering a new door, freshen up your existing door with some fresh paint in lighter color tones. Dark colors attract the heat into your garage and keep it trapped in most of the day. Consider painting both sides of the garage door in lighter tones.
- Ventilation. There are several different options for ventilation. You can install wall or ceiling vents so the heat has a place to escape. Portable fans can work facing out a window or door. If you have vaulted ceilings, installing ceiling fans will help keep the garage cooler.
- Insulation works great. There are several ways to use insulation as a barrier from the summer heat, as well as the winter cold. Insulation can be installed in the ceilings and walls. Another great way to use insulation is with panels. Insulation panels can be used on metal doors to keep a moderate temperature year round. If it’s within the budget, installing an insulated garage door could be the best alternative.
As you can see, there are several options to choose from, some you may be able to handle on your own or choose to hire a professional. Whatever path you choose, now would be the perfect time to get started while the temperatures are still desirable. Taking action now will allow you to enjoy the summer and be able to use garage and the additional space it offers for other activities than just parking your car. Stay cool!