If you spend a lot of time in your garage during the hot weather, you will know how uncomfortable it can be. There are some quick fixes you can employ, such as letting your car cool down outside before parking it in your garage at night or painting the exterior doors in pale and light-reflective colours; however, if you want to keep your garage at a workable temperature during the summer months, you will need to find a more permanent solution.
Fans are a cheap cooling solution
A quick and simple fix to boost the ventilation in your garage is to install one or more oscillating fans. These are cheap to buy and can be installed anywhere you need to cool. An even better investment is a high-powered fan designed for the workshop. Try to position a fan in a window to blow hot air away from the interior.
Insulate for long-term benefits
Adding proper insulation to your garage will have long-term benefits, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter and driving down your overall energy costs. Adding insulation is a no-brainer if you are going to install a ventilation or AC system in your garage. By lining the garage with insulation-backed plasterboard, you will have the opportunity to install one or more garage racking systems to provide storage and organisation.
Declutter for airflow
If your garage is a jumbled mess, you will obstruct the airflow and make the quality of the air even stuffier and more unpleasant than usual. Install some decent garage shelving equipment and declutter the floor space. You should notice an immediate improvement in the air quality, even if you only use fans for heat management.
Install a permanent ventilation system
If you intend to make a lot of use of your garage, either as a workshop or perhaps as a home gym or entertainment centre, installing a more permanent heat management solution will be more expensive but cost effective in the long run. If you have a smaller garage with a window, a window-mounted air conditioning unit will keep the temperature bearable. If you do not want to go to the expense of installation, a good portable unit will allow you to use your garage space even when the temperature soars.