When it comes to heating or cooling your garage space, most homeowners simply don’t do it. Generally, there’s no need to – the items in your garage, such as your car and your lawn equipment, don’t generally need to be stored in specific temperatures. However, you may use your garage as a workspace as well.
At Grand Home Services, we offer a wide variety of heating and cooling options for your whole home–including the garage. From expanding your central air conditioning ductwork and sizing a new system to accommodate your garage to new ductless systems, Grand Home Services has a solution for you.
Common Mistakes When Heating or Cooling the Garage
Because the garage is usually built differently than the house and is often more of an add-on than another room, the HVAC system of the home doesn’t usually extend to the garage. This means that you will need to implement a separate heating and cooling system into your garage space. The following are a few common mistakes you’ll need to avoid if you decide to do this:
- Not sizing the HVAC units properly - If you try to extend your HVAC system to your garage, then you have to make sure your HVAC units are sized large enough to be able to handle this extra load, but doing so is a waste of energy. The garage rarely needs to be heated or cooled as often as the home, after all.
- Not having proper ventilation – Another reason why extending your HVAC system to your garage is a bad idea is because the air that comes into the garage will have nowhere to go – especially if the door to the house is kept shut. This can cause the air quality of your garage to drop significantly.
- Not insulating the garage - Adding heating or cooling to the garage is often a huge drain on your energy usage not just because you’re heating and cooling an additional space, but because the garage is rarely insulated. Even if your garage walls are insulated, there’s a good chance your garage door isn’t, which results in a large loss of heat and cool air.
- Not paying attention to building codes - In many cases, local building codes will not allow you to heat and cool your garage in certain ways, such as by extending your home’s HVAC system, because of the previously noted issues with doing so.
How to Heat and Cool Your Garage
So how exactly can you heat and cool your garage space in an efficient, effective and safe manner? The best way to do it is to ignore your home’s HVAC system and install a separate system for your garage using a mini-split heat pump. A mini-split heat pump is small, so it won’t take up much space, and it doesn’t require any ducts. You can also turn it on and off so that you’re not wasting energy when the garage isn’t being used.
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For more information and advice on how to heat and cool your garage space – or about HVAC systems in general, be sure to contact us at Grand Home Services today.