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4 Tips to Cool Down Your Garage This Summer

When it comes to your home’s garage, summer time is never a good time for anything but a parked car.

When it comes to your home’s garage, summer time is never a good time for anything but a parked car.

And if you spend a lot of time in your garage (for many men, it's their “Man Cave” and for others just a place to hang with friends), you'll need to find some ways to cool it down.

Here are 4 tips to help make your garage a cooler place to be.

Tip #1: Paint and caulk garage door

Painting your garage door white (the lighter the color the better) can help decrease the amount of heat absorbed. In fact, a white garage door absorbs only around 20-30% of the sun’s heat, while a brown color might absorb around 85%.

Also, make sure the bottom of your garage door is sealed with a rubber gasket (you know, like the door sweep found on the bottom of most household doors). These are easy to install and found at most home improvement stores.

Tip #2: Place trees and awnings strategically

Your garage gets hot because the sun beats down on it. Let mother nature help reduce the sun’s impact by planting deciduous trees that shade your garage during peak sunlight hours.

Also, installing a retractable awning above your garage is another great way to reduce heat absorption.

Tip #3: Add insulation to walls

Insulation is a very important factor in keeping any space in your home cool. If the walls in your garage are not covered in drywall, it can be fairly easy to insulate them yourself or contact a trusted professional considering it could involve some tricky electrical work.

Read more on adding insulation.

Tip #4: Install a ductless mini-split system or wall AC unit

It’s called a “mini-split” because it’s like a mini central air conditioner, which is split into an inside and outside unit. Not only are they extremely effective in cooling a one specific area, they’re also small, quiet and unobtrusive.

A cheaper route would be installing a wall AC unit. Read more on the pros and cons of each to help you decide.

If you live in the Sarasota Area, contact Cool Today. We’ve got both professional AC techs and licensed electricians to help you out.