For many people, summer is their favorite time of year. The kids are out of school and it’s the time of year that vacation planning is in full swing.
And while there are certainly a great many things that make the summer months great, the heat during the warmest, stickiest days has yet to make it on your favorite things list.
At Loveland HVAC, we recently received an email from a man who was wondering how to best cool his garage. For this blog post, we wanted to share the correspondence.
Hi- Jim here. My wife and I recently decided to convert our garage into a game room for our kids. It’s has a couch, a TV where they have their video games set up and we were even able to find a used foosball table. It was honestly one of the best decisions we’ve made in a long time. However, now that it’s July, the room is becoming a bit too warm for comfort. We thought about installing a wall or window-based AC unit, but I know those cost an arm and a leg to run. We have central AC for the house, but the garage (which is insulated, by the way) doesn’t have any duct work. What are our other options? Is there a way for us to keep the room cool so the kids will still be able to enjoy it?
Thanks for the email, Jim. We can certainly appreciate the problem your having! On one hand, installing ductwork will be very expensive, but on the other hand, you want to be mindful of your energy usage, because you’re not wanting to get an electric bill that will feel like a gut punch.
We may have an idea for you—especially since we assume you’ll be having a similar problem once the weather starts to get colder.
First, the fact that your garage is insulated will help a lot, because it will keep warm and cool air from escaping to the great outdoors.
Second, we wanted to ask if you’ve heard anything about mini splits. A mini split is a ductless heating and cooling unit that consists of two parts. The first, which is designed to blow warm or cold air, would be affixed toward the top of one of the inside walls. The second part consists of a compressor unit that would be located outside.
Mini splits can be used as air conditioners or heaters and they don’t require any ductwork. The control settings are operated by a remote, and many people have found that mini splits are a great solution to the very type of problem you’re having.