Garage Ventilation Options

Is your garage a million degrees during the summer? Does it smell like fumes or stale air? Is there moisture or excess humidity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your garage isn’t properly ventilated.

If that’s the case, it’s better to act fast. Luckily, ventilating your garage isn’t too much trouble, and there are various ways you can go about it.

Why Should You Ventilate Your Garage?
The main reasons you should ventilate your garage include: 

  • Temperature control: An unventilated garage is at the whim of extreme temperatures. During the heat of the summer, your unventilated garage will transform into an oven.
  • Moisture control: Poor ventilation traps moisture. During the summer a buildup of moisture can lead to mold and rot in your garage. If you have metal equipment or supplies like pain cans, humid air can cause them to rust.

During the winter a buildup of moisture can result in condensation an d cause the surfaces of your garage, like the floor, to become slick and dangerous.

  • Air pollution: If you store paint, turpentine, cleaning supplies, gasoline, gas-powered equipment, your car, or anything that gives off toxic fumes, your unventilated garage is going to be a serious health hazard.

Air pollution can also leak into the rest of your home if you have an attached garage.

How to Ventilate Your Garage

  1. Open a window or door: If your garage has windows, use them! Opening two windows to allow for cross ventilation will do wonders for your ventilation, especially if there’s a breeze.

You’ve also have a large garage door. If you have only one window you can create cross ventilation with the garage door and the window. If you have a detached garage with two doors, you can use both doors to create some ventilation. If your garage is attached, keep the door that connects to your home closed to ensure high temperatures and air pollution don’t seep inside the house.

  • Use a fan
    If your garage has a ceiling fan, open up the garage door and let it run. Otherwise, you can use a spare floor fan to ventilate the garage by turning the fan on and opening a couple of windows or doors.
    • Install vents. 
      Installing exhaust vents can improve circulation in your garage.
    • Use a garage exhaust fan. Garage exhaust fans are by far the most effective options. They actively exhaust the air trapped in your garage and replace it with fresh outdoor air to keep your garage cool, dry, and free of air pollution.

    Thinking about getting a garage exhaust fan? The QuietCool GA ES-1500 is a  standard in ceiling mount garage fans and is the most efficient on the market today.