Have you ever experienced gasping for air while in the garage? Or felt the need to wear a face mask when using or merely entering the garage? It is highly likely that the air quality in the garage space is poor.There are a number of reasons for its poor quality. For one, as the garage’s main purpose is for vehicular parking space, the gas emissions of the car leaves and lives in the space. Another thing is you may be storing items with hazardous materials such as paints, cleaning products, furnishings, building materials and workshop equipment that also contribute to the poor air quality. Add in other reasons like poor ventilation, clutter, and many more.Garage safety measures should always include the safekeeping of the air quality. Not only because you spend a significant amount of time in the garage doing projects and other miscellaneous activities, but also due to the fact that kids also enter the garage for playtime, and the garage is used as the main access point of many houses.Here are a few tips to improve the air quality in the garage:
Stop idling your cars inside the garage
Do you keep your vehicle running while parked in the garage, especially on cold mornings? Well, you might want to stop that habit. Not even when you open the garage doors for the gas emissions to flow out. While idling the car is good for its engine, it negatively impacts the air quality in the garage space. If you need to routinely idle the vehicle, then do so outside where it is open to exhaust the emissions.
Install a garage ventilation system
When combating poor air quality, a garage ventilation is your best armor. It helps improve airflow, keeps the air fresher, maintains more stable temperatures, reduces the levels of condensation that causes mildew and molds, and removes volatile organic compounds. A mechanical system would best deliver the results you want, but a passive ventilation system could also do the work even if it is less effective.
Air the garage out regularly
Make it a habit to occasionally air your garage out, especially if you have just parked your car. Even after you stop the engine, your car still releases benzene into the air. Moreso, if you store items that let out VOCs, airing out is always a good idea. It also helps in clearing out the stale smell in the garage. Using a fan or two will speed up the airing out process.
Do not smoke in the garage
Between your living space and the garage, it may sound more responsible to smoke in the latter. However, among the choices, there is no correct answer as the smoke still produces benzene. What you also fail to realize is that smoking in the garage poses safety risks. The flame source can trigger flammable materials.
Keep the garage clean and organized
A cluttered garage accumulates dust and dirt overtime. So, it also restricts the quality of the airflow in the space. Also, keeping cardboard boxes and textiles may accelerate the mold developing in the garage due to moisture.It is wise for you to declutter and clean the garage regularly. Not only will it help in the airflow and keep the garage light and airy, but other good measures will follow. Dispose of any items that are no longer of use for you. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have used the item for a year. If not, let go of it. Also, get rid of hazardous materials that are no longer useful like old paint, chemicals, cleaning supplies, car maintenance liquids, and the like.After which, it is recommended that you install garage storage systems that are effective. 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 Fleximounts GR48-H Hooks 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 safety 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 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 ceiling. 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.In the box, accessories such as four pieces Flat Hooks (GRH1) and two pieces Utility Hooks (GHR3) also come with the racks.When assembling and installing the Fleximounts GR48-H Hooks 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack, you will be needing simple tools. These are the first tools that make up when building your first toolbox.