If your garage doubles up as a workshop or you just don’t appreciate getting out of your car and straight into a sauna, you’re going to want to take steps to keep it cooler during the hottest months of the year. And, with the help of our handy guide, you can make sure your garage in Broomfield doesn’t turn into a furnace every time the sun is shining.
Top Tips for a Cool Garage in Broomfield: Garage Door Insulation and More
If you’ve ever searched for ‘garage door installers near me’, you probably already know this is our overhead door company's area of specialization. With this in mind, it won’t come as a surprise to learn that our top tips for keeping your garage cool include the suggestion to install a well-insulated garage door! However, you’ll find plenty of other handy hints below, so read on to find out how you can keep the temperature inside your garage a little lower this summer.
Make Sure Your Garage is Well-Ventilated
If you already have an efficient ventilation system installed, you can move on to the next tip but if not, don’t worry because what we’re going to suggest won’t cost you a fortune. A simple fan, placed near a window, will help to move the hot air out on stifling summer days. Even a pedestal fan, placed on the floor, will help to keep your garage slightly cooler, by moving the air around. It won’t be as effective as air conditioning of course, but it will be much cheaper and it could lower the temperature inside by as much as 5 degrees.
Install a Garage Dehumidifier
As both you and our garage door sales team know, Broomfield is far from the most humid place in the USA but even so, average daily humidity can be over 50% during the hottest part of the year. A dehumidifier will remove some of this moisture content from the air in your garage and, in combination with one or more fans, bring the temperature down quite considerably. Dehumidifiers come in all shapes and sizes so make sure you buy one that is appropriate for the size of garage that you are trying to cool.
Install a Well-Insulated Garage Door
You can either add extra insulation to your existing door or call our garage door sales team in Broomfield and request a quote for a brand new one. The advantage of opting for a brand new door is that you can be sure the insulation will be super-efficient and you can improve the curb appeal of your home at the same time. When you consider the size of your garage door in relation to your garage, it’s easy to see how much heat is transferred through it during the summer. Efficient insulation will prevent this from happening and make it much easier for you to keep your garage nice and cool, even on the hottest days.
Add Weatherstripping to Your Garage Door
Even if your existing garage door is well insulated, you can make it more effective at blocking the heat by adding weatherstripping to the bottom edge. This will ensure there is no large gap at the bottom, through which hot air can freely travel. If you’re handy with DIY tasks around the home, this is something you should easily be able to handle on your own. If not, you won’t find it hard to hire a local handyman who can do the necessary work for you.
Park Outside When You Get Home
You don’t have to leave your car outside all night as that would defeat the purpose of having a garage. But if you park outside and leave it to cool down for an hour or so before putting it away, you can stop the hot engine from raising the temperature in your garage. This is a very easy step to take but most people don’t even think about it. It’s especially effective after coming home from a long trip, when your car will continue to radiate heat for several hours after you switch off the engine.
Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs with LED Units
This won’t make a huge difference but every little helps. By replacing your incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient LED lights that generate less heat, you’ll be able to make your garage slightly cooler and save money on your electricity bills at the same time. The latest LED lighting fixtures also provide better, more uniform illumination, making them a great choice for garages that double up as workshops. As we say, this won’t make a huge difference, like garage door insulation for example, but it’s worth including in your garage cooling project.
Declutter Your Garage
If your garage is full of boxes and rusting garden implements, you may well find that the clutter restricts the flow of air around the interior, making it feel even hotter when the weather is warm. By removing as much junk as possible, you’ll help to ensure better air circulation, especially if you install a fan or two at the same time.
If you’re thinking about replacing your garage door as part of your efforts to make it cooler, don’t hesitate to call and ask for a quote from us. It’s also worth obtaining a couple of extra quotes from other local firms, which you can find by searching for ‘garage door installers near me’.