5 Options to Keep Your Garage Cool in Summer

Untitled (54)We have seen that this summer has brought long days and record high temperatures. Despite that, enjoying quality time outdoors with loved ones remains a priority, and the garage proves to be an excellent venue for such gatherings. However, finding a way to cool down your garage during the scorching summer can be a challenge. Although increasing the air conditioning might appear to be a convenient solution, it may not be the most efficient means of resolving the issue. Let’s explore some alternatives to ensure a comfortable garage in the long run. 

Insulation: Insulation is an effective way to keep your garage cool in summer by reducing heat transfer. The main culprit of this is due to lack of garage door insulation. By insulating your garage doors, you reduce the amount of heat that enters your garage. Fiberglass batt insulation is one option to improve your garage insulation. You can also consider spray foam insulation for your garage.

Sealing your garage: Sealing your garage is another effective way to reduce heat transfer. You can do this by sealing any gaps around your garage door with weatherstripping. Garage thresholds are often a source of hot air entry; therefore, ensuring that you seal them with a proper sealant can work wonders in cooling your garage. The added bonus of sealing your garage means that you can reduce winter heat loss and keep cold air out of the garage.

Natural shade: One way to keep your garage cool is by protecting it from the sun. One way to do this is by planting trees or installing a pergola. Trees provide natural shade that reduces the amount of direct sunlight that reaches the garage. Installing a pergola provides another way to shade your garage. You can plant climbing vines on the pergola to create a natural shade and keep your garage cool. Both of these options are 

Make the switch to low-e glass windows: Low-e glass windows are an effective way to keep a garage cool in hot weather. This type of window coating is composed of a thin metal or metallic oxide that is applied to the glass. It works by reflecting away the sun’s rays, preventing heat from entering the garage and trapping cooler air inside. Similarly to sealing your garage, this type of window improves thermal insulation. As a result, it will be a good option for keeping your garage warm in the winter, since it decreases the emission of heat through the window. 

Paint your garage: Painting your garage with lighter colors is also another way to increase reflection of UV rays. Darker colors absorb more heat, while light colors reflect more heat. Painting the roof of your garage with reflective paint is an effective way of reducing heat entry into your garage. In addition, reflective paint reduces UV damage by lessening the absorption of heat.

Contact a DuPage County Garage Renovation Expert

There are many options to keep your garage cool in summer that don’t have to include turning up your A/C unit.  Choose the option that suits you and decrease your energy bills in the process. If you need help deciding what is best for your situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Please contact us online or through calling (630) 852-8485.

Source: https://americanenergyinnovation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Case-Low-e-Windows.pdf


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