Keeping Your Garage Cool

Keeping Your Garage Cool.

The good news is that it only takes a few hours to install an air conditioner for a garage, so you can enjoy it when the temperatures really start to rise. A ceiling fan can help the air circulate better to keep the garage at a more moderate temperature, but an AC unit may be able to do the job on its own.

Being hot is frustrating and can greatly slow a work project, so having AC is a necessity. Through-the-wall air conditioning units can cost about $700 and window units cost even less. They are both pretty much the same except for the mounting process. A window AC comes with hardware and sealing kit while a TTW unit needs a separate sleeve that you install into the wall.

Depending on how often you need an AC, you may or may not need insulation. Having insulation will make your garage take longer to cool down, requiring an air-conditioning unit to run for a longer amount of time. However, hanging drywall on the roof can dramatically increase your cool down time and effectiveness. Drywall reduces the amount of area that needs to be cooled and helps the air circulate easier. Install a vapor barrier if you think you may want to add attic insulation down the line.

Adding in Circulating Air.

Start your garage-cooling project by measuring the length and width of the garage. Get quotes on AC units and matching TTW sleeves keeping in mind that it’ll be an additional $100 for window units.

Once you have everything you need, cut through the stud in the center and leave a three-inch bigger space than the height of the AC sleeve opening. This allows for the top and bottom plates. Then knock the cut piece away from the siding and sheathing nails and pin the top and bottom plates to the center and surrounding studs. Include a small jack stud make the opening the right width.

Before cutting out sheathing with a responding saw, test-fit the sleeve. Air conditioning units have bad circulating fans, so don’t put one at the end of a rectangular garage. To get maximum airflow, put it in the middle of your longest wall and aim it towards the door. If you have a window unit planned for the end of a rectangular garage, add a circulating fan to help guide the cold air to the other end of the garage.

Check your sleeve instruction manual to see what the opening size is for your unit. Some AC suppliers require a one-inch clearance on all sides of the sleeve, including the top. And the distance from the roof is critical- never mount an opening right below the top wall plate. The result will be rapid compressor cycling, being very inefficient.

Find the sleeve opening from the ceiling (it’s about two feet down). Remove any drywall to uncover the studs. Make any necessary cuts to the center stud to allow for the planned sill and top plates.

The biggest part of this project will be readjusting the siding. Generally, it’s better to remove unnecessary siding before cutting an opening into the sheathing and then trim and adjust around the opening. It’s best to follow the instruction manual for mounting and securing the sleeve to the frame.

Next, run electrical wires to where the unit is going to be and install the container. Most units that are 120 volts need a dedicated receptacle on a 15 or 20-amp circuit breaker. Extension cords won’t work. As a rule of thumb, a unit that’s 9-12,000 BTU will generally run on a 120-volt, 20 amp circuit. Larger units will require more voltage.Garage Door Insulation 2-min

Other Air Conditioner Options.

We know that portable AC units are available but didn’t include them in this article because of the hot air that can come back into the garage. Portable AC’s use the existing cold air to cool down the condensing coil, and then they push that air into the outdoors. But by creating pressure inside the garage, the air conditioner brings in an equal amount of hot air from outside. Then the portable unit has to work harder to cool that hot air it just brought in. It’s a never-ending cycle, wasting capacity and energy of the unit. A window of TTW unit is way more efficient.

The best garage cooling system is an HVAC arrangement, which costs about four grand. A split system is pretty heavy duty and will do the best job of keeping a garage cool in the hottest weather.

One More Thing about Installing the Sleeve.

To secure the sleeve, integrate filler strips and tighten the sleeve brackets (if your kit came with them). A TTW air conditioner will push most of the cool air to the center of the garage, in turn making hot spots around the sides. For consistently cooling the whole garage, consider adding a ceiling fan to push the hot air from the corners down to the floor. A floor fan can then push that warm air back to the AC unit intake.


Types of Garage Doors

Types of Garage Doors

There are several different types of garage doors out there. Depending on your personal lifestyle or preferences you may prefer one over the other.

With all the different types of garage doors to choose from, we can imagine how overwhelming it can be to choose a garage door that fits your home. To make things simple, there are three main types of garage doors: sectional roll up, swing up and swing out.

Types of Garage Doors

Sectional Roll up – This is the most common and practical type of garage door. Sectional garage doors allow for the door to take up less space. You may consider this type of door if you don’t have much space in your garage.

Swing Up – also known as tilt up doors, are swing up garage doors are usually preferred with older homes because they match better with the old style. They are available in a variety of styles, colors and designs.

Swing Out – Swing out carriage type doors are not something we see all too often, but this may an option for studios or barns. Unfortunately these are not great options for areas with cold climate.

There are also different types of materials to choose from (but not limited to). Here are a few choices:

Wood – Wood garage doors have been around the longest and are the most commonly used by residents today. They are easily customized, allowing them to fit any size or shape garage. The most common reason people go with wooded garage doors is that they are able to withstand even extreme temperatures.

Steel – Steel garage doors may be the best choice for you if you do not want to undergo too much maintenance. The kinds of doors are strong and sturdy; it would take a lot for them to be broken down. They could easily handle very harsh weather conditions.
Types of Garage DoorsAluminum – Aluminum garage doors shares most of the characteristics as steel, but are much more light weight if you compare the two. In addition, they are easy to install and offer extreme durability. For those who are more budget friendly, you may want to go with the aluminum.

Vinyl – Vinyl garage doors are often referred to as “child proof” because they are incredibly hard to break or dent. Minor dents will also not be visible because of its material. One downside to vinyl doors is that you may be limited in options for colors and designs.

Check out this article for style ideas for your dream garage door!..



Garage Door Styles For Your Southern California Home

With garage doors making up 60% of your home, it’s no doubt your garage door choice will make or break the overall look of your home. For many years garage doors were just white and simple. Trends are changing and people are spicing things up a bit, making their homes look more extravagant than ever before. Let’s explore some trendy garage door styles you may consider for your Southern California home:


Garage Door StylesAll Glass Garage Door – glass garage doors are indeed growing in popularity especially in the Beverly Hills area. They offer a great compliment to your home and are able to withhold even the harshest weather conditions. In addition, all glass garage doors are a great way to letting in natural light, while at the same time not allowing anyone to see inside. If you live in the 91210 area code, an all glass door garage door would be the perfect way to show off your new luxurious car.
Check out the Beverly Hills home located on 1201 Laurel Way. This beautiful house took advantage of an all glass garage door!


Garage Door Styles

Carriage Style Door – Believe it or not, carriage style doors are still in style! This vintage look was used centuries ago, but is still loved by homeowners today. The main reason residents are going with the carriage look is because it offers a classic traditional look for their home. Best of all, you are not limited to the type of material to use for your garage door. It can be customized based on your personal preference.



Green Garage Door – Did you know you could get an Eco-friendly garage door? Going green with your garage door is actually becoming more and more common. This can be a smart idea not only for environmental reasons, but also for your wallet. The main goal of resorting to a green garage door is to help insulate your home. These doors are made from a variety of different materials, so you won’t have to worry about sacrificing the aesthetic features of your home by going green.


Garage Door StylesContemporary Door – whether you would like your garage door to be all glass or carriage style, you could never go wrong with the contemporary look. Contemporary look offers an elegant and sophisticated look which enhances the look of your home.
Of course there are so many options based on your personal preference and lifestyle. There are many garage door styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. Go with the garage door that you believe best compliments your home!