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Cooling Down the House: Garage Air Conditioning

Whether you use your garage as a workspace, a mudroom, a laundry room, or just as storage, spending time in its sweltering heat is far from enjoyable. If you’re eyeing an air conditioning unit to get you through the upcoming summer months, All Temp your air conditioning installation St. Cloud experts, have some tips and tricks to help you cool down your garage. 

Two story house with a garage

Central Air Conditioning

You may think the easiest and most cost-effective solution to cooling down your garage is to simply extend your home’s central air conditioning ductwork into the garage. However, there are several reasons this can go wrong.

No Air Return
Typically, your garage will not have an air return back into the central unit. This can create an abnormal pressurization in the garage, forcing the rest of the home to become slightly depressurized. In order to balance itself out, your home will draw in outside air, which can allow pollutants and allergens to build up. It also makes it increasingly difficult to properly cool your home. 

Dangerous Fumes
Connecting your garage to your central air conditioning unit can also pose the risk of dangerous fumes entering your home. If you do any kind of handiwork in your garage, from starting the lawn mower to even just warming up the car, you’re risking those fumes making their way through the ductwork. 

Person working at a table in the garage

Window Units

The safest way to install air conditioning in your garage is via a window unit. However, in order to maximize efficiency and guarantee effectiveness, determining the proper size is essential. Air conditioners are rated in BTUs, or British Thermal Unit. A BTU determines how much heat can be removed from a closed space.  A typical 2-car garage, roughly 360 feet, needs about 9,000 BTUs to properly cool. The easiest way to determine what size air conditioner you need is by using a BTU calculator

To ensure that you are safely and efficiently cooling your garage, give the air conditioning installation St. Cloud experts at All Temp a call. With over 20 years of experience, All Temp provides expert service to all customers in the Central Florida area. To learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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