When I bought my first home, I knew I was going to have to start maintaining different parts of the home to keep everything functioning properly. However, what I did not realize was that the garage door was one of these things. I decided to create this website because I had no idea how much maintenance a garage door needed and what types of maintenance. If you aren't cleaning your garage door tracks, checking for loose screws or oiling the tracks on a bi-monthly basis, I hope my website teaches you how to do this maintenance and the importance of performing it.
Controlling the temperature of your garage can be both preventive maintenance as well as necessity depending on the situation. One thing is for sure; no one wants to smell the odor of mildew in any portion of their living environment.
Since moisture is the homeowner's number one enemy in this process, it's best to gauge what your starting point should be with that in mind. If your garage floor area is concrete, moisture already has its entrance to wreak havoc on the climate as it will soak directly into the concrete itself.
Fix Garage Door/Window Issues
Every garage has one or both and just about every garage has issues with energy loss in regards to them. Garage doors can be a great barrier between your home and the outside world if correctly maintained.
Inspections of the outside seal/caulk edge between the door and house should be routinely performed. The door itself should also be inspected as it closes to ensure it works properly. If any gaps or cracks exist, repairs are fairly easy, but should be dealt with immediately.
Just like garage doors, windows that separate your house from the outside world should act as a barrier. It's a good idea to check the caulk/weather sealant around them each year to ensure the window is fully sealed.
Most individuals will want to first remove any water that may be present. This can be done in a variety of ways depending on the situation, but the most effective way will be to purchase a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will suck out any unwanted moisture in the air. The extracted water can be used on your household plants or in the garden.
Once the moisture has been removed from the garage, the homeowner may choose to seal the entire concrete area. The purpose of sealing the floor is to keep out any unwanted moisture that will seep-up from the ground.
Insulate the Walls
Insulating the walls inside the garage to keep in warmer/cooler air is crucial. Choosing the correct insulation is a process based on both price and specific needs the homeowner may have. This step can be completed with or without finishing the walls with sheetrock or paneling.
Ventilation Systems and Portable Air Conditioners
The best way to efficiently control the temperature of your garage after following the steps listed above is through the use of ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, and heaters. Some local building permit rules limit the use of full air conditioning systems and may require a permit to install them.
Portable units give the best option to those wanting to avoid the idea of dealing with permits. It's important to note that heaters shouldn't be left on while no one is in the area. A standard fire alarm should also be installed in the garage before using the heater.
Controlling the temperature in your garage will lead to a much more pleasant area to either park your vehicle or work on other projects without having to deal with the outside climate.
To learn more, contact a company like Doors Unlimited.Share
5 April 2016