Should You Be Worried About Your Hot Garage?

By / 23rd September, 2016 / Garage Door Tips, Our Blog

Summer’s warm grip has taken hold of Houston once again, and with temperatures averaging in the 90s and climbing above 100 degrees, staying cool is at the top of everyone’s mind. While many of us seek shelter indoors, there’s one room in the house that’s notoriously uncomfortable: the garage.

garageDuring the depths of summer, the temperature inside the garage can be 20 degrees higher than the temperature outside (or even more), meaning that on a 100-degree summer day, it could be 120 degrees inside your garage.

So what are the dangers of a hot garage and what can you do to keep your garage cool? Let’s take a look and find out.

Extreme Heat Can Destroy Items Inside Your Garage

Intense heat can be extremely harmful to many of the items inside your garage. Electronics, for example, don’t fare well in high temperatures. Their circuit systems work much better at lower temperatures and typically run about 20 degrees hotter than the temperature inside the room. Overheating can severely damage the device and even destroy it. This is bad news for your computer, radio, or even the electronic systems in your car.

Electronics aren’t the only items damaged by heat, though. Candles, crayons, and even certain food containers can be damaged when stored in hot places. What’s more, the melted wax or erupted food could easily damage nearby surfaces or objects, making the problem that much worse.

Heat Is Bad for You and Your Furry Friends

night-garageNot everyone uses the garage for storage or to park their car. Some homeowners transform their garage into a personal gym, office, or workshop. However, working out or even just sitting in a 120-degree garage can put you at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, both of which can be serious and potentially life threatening conditions if left untreated.

The same goes for your pets. Dogs and cats that are placed in the garage to “keep them out of trouble” while the family’s gone or that accidentally get closed inside are more prone to these heat-caused illnesses thanks to their thick coats of fur. So be sure to check the garage before locking up.

A Hot Garage Can Run Up Your Energy Bill

Keeping your house cool is hard work for your air conditioning system. A garage that’s not properly insulated could force your system to work twice as hard as cool air escapes and warm air seeps in. This wasted energy isn’t only bad for your air conditioning system, which will continue to run longer than it would normally, it’s also bad for your energy bill.

In addition to having a hot garage, you’ll likely notice that any living space above the garage is significantly hotter compared to the other rooms in the house. That’s because the hot air from inside the garage rises through the floor, making it uncomfortable in those adjoining rooms.

How to Keep Your Garage Cool All Summer Long

Suffering from an overheated garage? Luckily, there are ways to beat the heat, the easiest of which is to promote airflow. Fans can be used to move hot air out and pull cool air in. While you might be tempted to open the garage door to increase the flow of air, doing so will only bring the temperature down slightly. Instead, pull cool air from inside into the garage.

However, this is only a quick fix and it won’t help to keep your energy bill from soaring as cool air continues to escape through your uninsulated garage. The best way to cool your garage and keep your electric bill down is to have the door properly insulated. An insulated garage door can keep outdoor temperatures at bay while helping your air conditioning unit to run more efficiently.

[READ MORE: Benefits of Insulating Your Garage Door]