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Beat the Heat in the Garage this Summer

May 31, 2022
Heat can be downright unbearable during summer. When the temperature gets hot up to well over 100° F or around 40° C, we might as well just chill in the bedroom with the AC on the whole day. But for the areas that experience a year-round summer-like weather, the added degrees on the thermometer are beyond intolerable. First, let us dive into what causes the unbearable heat. There can be multiple sources as to why the garage traps too much heat. One of which is the location of the garage. If your area faces west, then the garage is exposed to the intense late afternoon heat of the sun. It also does not help your cause if your garage does not have any ventilation system nor any working insulation features. Even the choice of colors in your garage design contributes to the trapping of the heat. Darker garage exterior and door colors are known conductors of heat. And if you use the garage as a parking space, parking your car right after driving on a hot day also further keeps the hot temperature in the area. Now that you are somehow knowledgeable about why the garage can get so warm, especially from noon to early afternoon, the high temperature should not hinder you from carrying out your tasks in the garage, however. Sure, the extremely hot days will definitely dissuade you from even entering the room, but there are a number of remedies to combat the problem. Follow these cooling tips to help stabilize the temperature in the garage at comfortable levels.
Refrain from parking your recently used vehicle in the garage right away
Let the steam off your car after using it the whole day outside. Heat can still radiate off from a vehicle after shutting the engine off. So, as not to add a few more degrees to the already hot temperature sitting in the garage, do yourself a favor by parking it outside first. Then, after a few minutes of cooling down, you may already transfer your car inside the garage. Parking it inside is still the safer choice as it can protect your car from damage.
Choose the time of the day when using the garage
Another smart way to fend off heat in the garage is by spending your time there during the more bearable hours of the day. The best time would be in the early morning until around 10 to 11 am, just as the temperature begins to rise. Keep off the garage between about 3 to 6 pm as the time frame is the hottest during the day. Another tip is to open your garage doors and windows before actually spending time in the garage. That is to let the trapped heat out from the previous day.
Install efficient ventilation system
Improve the airflow in your garage space by installing a dedicated garage ventilation system. Might as well look into the active ventilation system as opposed to the passive one as it is more efficient at removing hot air because it is mechanically powered. The only downside is that it is pricier and more complicated. Though we want to advise you to make sure that this type of ventilation is installed by a hired professional as it makes use of a lot of electricity and you would not want to overload your circuits.
Install fans or air conditioning
For a cheaper alternative, you can use a simple household fan, pedestal fans, box fans, or high-powered fans to ease the heat in the garage. Couple it with opening the garage windows and doors to blow out the hot air to the outside. Just note that using fans does not actually make the temperature lower, but it is good at generating airflow and providing relief from the heat. On the other hand, you can install the more costly option which is the air conditioning system. With any of the air conditioning options available, it would sufficiently and efficiently provide cooler air in the garage. Do note that the garage should be properly insulated to keep the cool air inside.
Keep an organized and clutter-free garage
This solution is actually an underrated one. Garage owners often overlook that the tidiness of the garage contributes to the temperature inside. When the garage is neat, the better the airflow in the space. Bulky items and boxes on the floor clog the airflow and contribute to the poor air quality. Overhead garage storage racks are the most in-demand organization tools nowadays. Sharing your vehicle space with your things can be troublesome and chaotic. These will take up too much floor space, which should have been dedicated for your vehicles alone. Fret not because the overhead storage rack is an ideal choice to tuck away something you do not need to use regularly. Thus, leaving more space to park your cars. Fleximounts have an offering of a variety of overhead garage storage racks. Among the bestsellers is the GR48 Classic 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack. This durable and heavy-duty overhead storage system provides a safe place to organize your stuff. It also helps avoid flood damage by storing your things off the garage floor and protecting your treasured items. The overhead storage rack makes your garage look neat and get away from insects and rodents. The rack is made of heavy gauge cold-rolled steel construction, which is responsible for the safe loading of up to 600 lbs. Its integrated wire grid design and frame are welded together, making the unit more sturdy and stable. Moreover, the wire grid underwent strict tests with triple load breaking strength. It is specially designed for easier assembly. The height can be adjusted from 22” to 40”, providing a convenient and safe place to store your stuff. The height-adjustable ceiling drop-down lets you customize it to your preferred height. The ceiling brackets are designed to be attached to two joists for more flexibility and security. The rack is suitable for securing to either ceiling studs or solid concrete ceilings. The screws provided are thicker than comparable products available in the market and have gone through strict tests to prove the top-quality make of the hardware. All necessary hardware and instructions are included in the package. An installation template is also provided to help you devise a plan to store your stuff in the most efficient manner possible. Also included are three bags of screws, namely, wood screws, installation screws and bolts, and cement installation.