Regulate Your Garage Temperature
In addition to keeping the cold air out, homeowners should take steps to proactively increase the temperature when necessary. Every garage is different. Where your cars are positioned, how much storage you keep inside, and even your property’s layout will affect how cold things get, or how much moisture is allowed to accumulate. Keeping your garage warm enough during the winter months involves a bit of trial and error to get things right and protect your home.
Here are some things you can do to regulate your garage temperature:
Install a Garage Heater – You can buy a specialized garage heater that will blow hot air around your garage to fight off moisture buildup. The heater you’ll need will depend on how large your garage is, so it’s a good idea to consult an expert at your local home improvement store or professional garage service. In general, gas heaters are cheaper, but require proper ventilation because the gas fumes will need somewhere to go. Thankfully, that’s a step we’ve already covered in this article! You can avoid any fume concerns with an electric heater but expect to pay a premium and you’ll have higher utility bills when you use it.
Insulate Your Garage – Many garages do not have good insulation. That makes keeping them warm during the winter more of a challenge. Get your garage ready for winter by installing additional insulation. Good insulation will make using your heater more effective as well. Insulation kits can be purchased at a local home improvement store, or you could hire a service to do it for you.
Move Things Around – Now that you’ve got a heater installed and your garage is better insulated, you can make sure your heating system is working optimally. The way you store your boxes, place that shelving unit and stow the bikes all have an impact on how well your heater will work and where moisture can accumulate. You’ll need to keep an eye on where moisture is accumulating as winter hits and rearrange the contents of your garage to dismantle any moisture centers. You also need to make heating your garage more efficient by ensuring your heater can easily push warm air throughout the entire garage.
Winterizing a garage takes some work, but it’s well worth it. You’ll avoid winter emergencies like water leaks or a rodent issue that can be incredibly frustrating. Take action now to make your life easy during the holidays.