As summer approaches and it starts to get hotter outside, temperatures on the inside of your garage will heat up, too. If you use your garage for additional storage, a workshop, or a makeshift gym, the excess heat can take a toll. That’s why we’re sharing tips for how to keep your garage cool in the summer.
Lighter garage door colors
If you’re not sure which color to paint your garage door, opt for a lighter color. Why? Darker colors absorb more heat, making your garage even warmer. Lighter colors, on the other hand, reflect heat, keeping your garage slightly cooler.
You can also opt for wood or glass garage doors, that offer different protection from the sun and heat.
Garages typically lack insulation because it costs extra money, and most homeowners don’t find it necessary. However, insulation can keep your garage significantly cooler in the summer by reducing the amount of heat transferred from outside. Not to mention, an insulated garage can also save you money throughout the year by increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency.
For the best temperature control, consider adding insulation to your garage walls, ceiling, and garage door. Not sure where to start? Check out our top picks for the best insulated garage door.
Many homeowners wait to check their garage’s weatherstripping in the winter to keep cold air out. But weatherstripping can also be effective at keeping heat out too. Check to make sure it doesn’t have any cracks or tears. If it does, you can buy replacement weatherstripping at your local hardware store.
Pro tip: Check for cracks and gaps around your garage and garage door windows and door frames. Fill them in with caulking to keep even more hot air from seeping in.
Create more airflow
Without proper airflow, your garage will quickly become hot and stuffy. To keep things cooler, try creating more airflow by:
- Cracking your garage door open in the morning to let cooler air in
- Opening any windows in your garage
- Using box fans throughout the day
- Using a dehumidifier to draw humidity out of the garage
- Organizing your garage to get rid of excess clutter
- Keeping your vehicle parked outside (this also prevents hot air from radiating off your car and into your garage)
You can even consider glass-paneled garage doors that offer additional living space and easier functionality.
Upgrade to an insulated garage door
If you’re ready to take control of your garage’s temperature, consider upgrading to an insulated garage door. Not only will it keep your garage cooler in the summer, but it can also:
- Increase your home’s energy efficiency
- Better protect your belongings
- Provide more noise isolation
- Decrease garage door maintenance
- And more!
There are plenty of insulated garage door styles that compliment your home’s curb appeal.
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