Guide to Garage Ventilation

The garage can be one of the hottest places in your property, mainly due to the fact that a vehicle, which emits heat, is usually seen parked in the room. If the heat emitted by the car is trapped within the confines of the garage, then it would produce a warm environment for the entire place, which can be quite uncomfortable for people to stay in.

Proper ventilation is often forgotten when it comes to building garages, as people don’t usually stay there and would just park their car in the area. But what if you have a workshop built inside the area? Then a garage with no ventilation could create health problems as you would constantly get sweaty and sometimes dehydrated if the garage’s temperature is too warm. In addition, most vehicles often emit toxic fumes, and once these fumes get trapped in the garage, there is a chance that this could cause respiratory problems in the body.

This is the reason why ventilation is needed in order for the garage to stay at a balanced or relatively cool temperature while making it safe from harmful elements and make it more comfortable for you to fix or work on something at a table or in your vehicle.

These are some tips to keep your garage cool and properly ventilated.

Install a Ventilation System

If you have a big budget for ventilation, then you should consider installing a ventilation system in your garage. The ventilation system includes garage fans, exhaust fans, and vents, which can transfer cool air outside to the garage and subsequently remove toxic fumes and heat in the space.

Owners with an already built garage may have to spend a lot of money to renovate the room since builders would have to find a way to install the vents inside. To reduce the cost of installing ventilation, it is much better if you already bought a ventilation system even before your garage is built so that the price for hiring builders will not double.

Besides making the air cooler, ventilation systems can also subtly remove odors from oil, grease, or any other foul-smelling workshop items in the garage. Having a ventilation system would not only make your garage smell more pleasantly, but it can also eliminate the chemicals that can often cause lung problems once they are inhaled.

exhaust fan for ventilation

Buy a Ceiling Fan

For a cheaper way to reduce heat in the garage, buying a ceiling fan may be the best option. You can install a ceiling fan for your garage if the ceiling is high and it won’t hit anything in the garage, but depending on the width of the structure, then you may have to choose the diameter of the machine’s fan correctly, and the best measurements for garage fans range from 36 to 44 inches.

However, if you don’t have a ventilation system, then the ceiling fan might just recycle the warm air trapped within the garage, making it unable to produce air pleasant enough for people. As such, it is best to partner ceiling fans with a proper ventilation system to improve its air cooling functions.

Keep Doors and Windows Open If You Are Inside

For those who don’t have a budget for the ventilation system and would still want to install a ceiling fan, then the best way to boost the fan’s capacities is by keeping their garage doors or windows open while they are inside, as the ceiling fan can get fresh air from outside and produce even better ventilation.

Open doors and windows enhance air circulation in the garage naturally while also allowing the heat and toxic fumes from the vehicle to flow outside.

Those with attached garages can still open their entrance doors and windows, but they should not open the door that connects the garage to their home, as the toxic fumes may flow inside the house.

Improve Insulation

A ventilation system can solve heat problems in the garage, but what about the instances where the garage is afflicted with freezing temperatures? This can be fixed by having adequate insulation in the space.

Insulation prevents the warm or cold temperature outside to reach the spaces within the garage. This feature allows the area to have a balanced temperature where vehicles, tools, and other items in the garage will not be affected by the issues caused by extreme coldness or hotness, such as moisture buildup and rusting.

Fiberglass batts are the usual material used for garages since they are able to provide insulation even in high temperatures.

Decent insulation can also be energy efficient for your property as you don’t need powerful ventilation or air conditioning systems to provide pleasant air in your home, and these systems can typically cause your electricity bills to go up.

Having an optimal garage would cost you a lot because besides having ventilation, you would also need to buy security devices like automatic door openers and CCTV cameras to make the garage much safer.

You may not even see the effects that proper ventilation and security can bring to the garage at the start, but you will soon find out that investing in these aspects of the room is worth it and may even be cost-efficient. By eliminating the hazardous elements in your garage with the help of security and ventilation, you would be able to lower the probability of your family getting sick, which can be even more costly.