Ventilation is one of the key elements of any closed spaced especially if there is any type of work done in it. Car’s exhaust and heater’s gases are a very specific issue garages have to deal with on a daily basis. This is why knowing how to ventilate your garage is one of the very first things you need to learn as a new owner. In this article we will go through the process of ventilating each type of garage and will answer some of the most common questions asked when it comes to this topic.
To start things properly, we need to explain that there are essentially two types of garages:
- Attached Garages
- Detached Garages
Both of these kinds require different steps to ensure proper ventilation, as will point out now. Let’s start with the first kind.
Ventilating Attached Garages
The best way to ventilate an attached garage is through a thing called exhaust fan. Those fans are used to ventilate all sorts of rooms and buildings. There are models for all sorts of air volumes and this is one of the main reasons you will need to calculate the cubic feet of air your garage has.
Installing Exhaust Fans
Those fans can be either installed by you or by a professional team. There are installation kits on Amazon which have everything that you need to put them into place and get them going. The easiest way is to create a hole at the roof of your garage and place the fan there. It can be installed vertically on a wall, but since hot air is lighter it is best to place it at the highest point of the garage.
From the fan, there is a nozzle that needs to run through the roof and out in the open. Once out there are holders that need to be installed in order to keep it at place.
Most ventilation systems of this kind can work both ways by taking air from the inside and by drawing outside air in. This is good for both winter and summer seasons.
The biggest advantage of attached garages is hidden in their name – they are attached to your house. This means that you can extend any type of ventilation you have going on for the house to the garage as well.
Windows are a very good ventilation option for your garage, especially during the warmer days. In winter, though, you can’t rely on them to clear out the air from the fumes coming out of your heater or car.
Now, let’s check out how to handle detached garages ventilation.
Ventilating Detached Garages
The methods which you can use to ventilate your detached garage are the following:
- Installing windows
- Installing roof turbine vents
- Getting a ceiling fan
- Exhaust Fans
- Static vents
All of these options are good in their own way but the cheapest ones are just planning 1 extra window when making the garage or installing static vents. Ceiling and exhaust fans, as well as the roof vents will require more work and cost more on the long run due to running costs.
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How Can I Make My Garage Cooler?
There are a number of things you can do to keep the temperatures in your garage low during the hot summer days. Some of the best methods to keep things cool are:
- Increase Air Circulation in the garage – It doesn’t need to be via the windows. You can keep the door to your house opened as there will be cool air coming from the inside of the house. If the garage is detached then open windows or doors at both sides of it. This will keep air flow going and will create a cooling breeze.
- Invest in better insulation – Insulating your garage isn’t only a method to keep it warm. It also keeps the warm out during summer.
- Install a good ceiling fan – ceiling fans are great for creating airflow without allowing outside air to enter and are relatively cheap to run.
- Install proper air conditioning system – the best way to lower the temperatures is to do it via an AC unit. Those are very potent at cooling things down but are also expensive and have high running costs.
How Can I Warm Up My Garage During The Winter?
Contrary to cooling down your garage, warming up requires you to keep the warmer air inside. First and foremost, you will need a good heater. It can be either propane, electric or even a wood burner. Anything that gets the job done and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to run is a good option. Secondly, you need to improve the insulation of your garage door and garage walls.
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What Are The Best Heaters For My Garage?
It really depends on what fuel comes the cheapest for you. Some people have easy access to a lot of timber and therefore prefer wood burners. Those burners require proper ventilation, though, and produce a lot of gases that can be harmful if not taken out properly. Electric heaters are the cleanest but have the highest running cost. A golden middle is the propane heater which doesn’t produce toxic fumes, isn’t very expensive to buy and natural gas (its fuel) is cheaper than electricity and wood.
Knowing how to properly ventilate a garage is a knowledge every garage owner needs to have when he plans out the overall design of the room. If the garage will be used for work, a proper ventilation system must be put in place, as well as a heating body which will keep temperatures high during the colder days.