Addressing Cold Temperatures in Your Garage During the Winter
As we near the end of 2021, winter has officially begun, although here in Illinois, temperatures had already been dropping for weeks. DuPage County residents are usually prepared for the cold and weather conditions such as snow and ice. However, many people may not realize the effects that this weather will have on their garage. By understanding the appropriate temperature levels and how to maintain the proper conditions in your garage, you can prevent the possibility of damage and make sure all the equipment you use will function properly.
What Is the Right Temperature for My Garage?
If you are like most people, you probably use your garage less often than other parts of your house. Because of this, there is no need for your home’s heating system to keep your garage warm. However, you should be aware of the risks that may come if your garage is too cold. Ideally, you will want to keep the temperature in your garage above the dew point. This is the temperature at which condensation will begin to form based on the overall humidity level in your area. During the winter months in Illinois, the dew point usually ranges from 15 to 30 degrees.
If your garage gets too cold, water droplets may accumulate on surfaces. This could lead to a variety of issues, including swelling of wood and rusting of tools or other metal objects. If temperatures drop further, ice may form, leading to further damage. Cold temperatures may also cause damage in other ways, such as when the metal rails for a garage door contract, affecting the door’s ability to open properly.
Maintaining the Right Temperature in Your Garage
While fully heating your garage usually will not be feasible, you can take steps to make sure the temperature does not drop to unsafe levels. The best way of doing so is by installing the proper insulation. Fiberglass insulation in the walls and ceiling will reduce heat transfer. It is also a good idea to make sure your garage door is properly insulated. You may also want to look for any gaps around windows or doors, and sealing these gaps will help prevent the cold from getting in.
If you plan to use your garage during the winter to work on your car, do crafts, or complete other activities, you will most likely want to add heat sources to ensure that you will be comfortable. While electric space heaters can provide some warmth, larger and more effective systems may be a better solution if you will be spending significant time in the garage. Propane heaters, radiant floor heating systems, or even a wood burning stove may be good solutions that will keep your garage warm and allow you to make the best use of your space.
Contact Our Downers Grove Garage Insulation and Heating Experts
If you need to make sure your garage can maintain the right temperature, or if you are looking to complete a garage renovation that will allow you to use the space during the winter, Blue Sky Builders can help. We will work with you to determine the best solutions, and we will help you create a custom garage that will meet your needs. Contact our Chicago Area custom garage professionals today by calling 630-852-8485.