Ways to Ventilate Your Garage

Proper ventilation is important not only in your home, but also in your garage. Especially if you spend a lot of time in your garage, you need to have the right airflow to help keep the conditions safe. Garage ventilation goes beyond just having your garage door open.

Without proper garage ventilation, fumes and chemicals from your vehicle or other machinery could cause harm to you or your family. There is also the possibility that those fumes could enter your home, causing serious problems. Also, as the weather is now getting warmer, heat will build up in that closed-off, confined space, making it uncomfortable or even unbearable. 

Windows on your garage can help alleviate some of these problems, but it is unlikely that you would constantly keep those windows open. That could be a security issue, but also a safety issue as it might attract unwanted pests indoors.

So what could be a solution that can help solve your garage ventilation troubles? One option is with an exhaust fan. There is a tendency for most garages to develop bad fumes or strong odors, which are caused by the items that you store in there, exhaust from automobiles, or the lack of fans and windows.

An exhaust fan is installed in the garage ceiling, where you will also need to run wires carefully to the exhaust from a junction box. Many exhaust fan kits come with all the hardware you would need, as well as instructions on how to do it yourself. 

Exhaust fans can do a lot to help with your garage ventilation, but there are other factors to consider when you are figuring out why your garage is so warm. If your garage faces south or west, it will receive more warm sunlight that is hard to prevent. A fan can help cool your garage, but it may be difficult in summer months.

A well-insulated garage helps a great deal during the winter, as it is more efficient at keeping the cold air out and the warm air in. Unfortunately, that may have the same effect during the summer. 

Attached garages will also affect the indoor temperature of your home. Nearby or adjacent rooms will feel the effect if your garage is too hot or too cold. An exhaust fan located on the ceiling or on a high wall will be most effective at keeping temperatures within a reasonable range.

Not all garages are the same, and so all garages will have a different method to best ventilate the air inside. Newly constructed garages are better equipped for this, but your older garage may need some help. For more information on bettering your garage’s ventilation, call Sunrise Heating and Plumbing at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves in providing nothing but exceptional customer service.