Tips For Keeping Your Garage Cool This Summer

It’s hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner, and with that comes the heat. Your garage can heat up really quick in the summer months, making it uncomfortable to be in. Here are a few tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer.

The first thing you have to consider is the location of your garage door. Those facing east or west get hit by the sun for a good portion of the day. Lighter colored garage doors, like white, beige or light grey, will help keep the temperatures down in your garage, unlike the darker colors that absorb the heat more, making your garage hotter.

You also want to make sure that your garage door is properly fitted with weather seal. Weather seal closes off the gaps around your door, helping to keep the heat out. If it has been a few years since you replaced your weather seal, it may be time to change it.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, you may want to consider installing a door with insulation. At a slightly higher cost, your garage door can be insulated, and it will help keep your garage more comfortable. But not all insulation is the same. Each insulated garage door is given a R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulation does at keeping the hot or cold air out.

You also want to consider the time of day when you have your garage door open. Opening your garage door during the cooler mornings and evenings will help circulate the air, bringing in the much-wanted cooler temps. You may also want to consider keeping your garage door closed during the hottest parts of the day to trap that cooler air in and keep the unwanted heat out.

Putting a circulating fan in your garage is another way to create air flow and keep your garage cooler. You can run the fan during the hottest parts of the day with the garage door closed and then open it up in the cool evenings and mornings to pull that cool air in.

Whether you use your garage to just park your car, as a hang out area or to store your belongings, keeping it as cool as possible in the summer helps make this part of your home a more comfortable place to be in!