Do you wish your garage were cooler in the summer? Maybe you'd like to be able to work on your car in there without sweat dripping down your face. Or perhaps you want to use the garage to store items that are temperature-sensitive and won't do well in the heat. In either case, you may want to consider adding air conditioning to your garage. There are a couple of ways to go about that. Here's a look at your options.
Run ducts to your garage.
If you already have central air conditioning in your home, then one option is to have ductwork extended to your garage. The HVAC company can put an air vent in your garage, and air-conditioned air will travel to that vent through the ducts.
Whether or not this option will work for you depends on the layout of your HVAC system and the size of your current air conditioner. If the ducts already run close to your garage, then your contractor will only need one short stretch of ductwork to reach the garage. On the other hand, if the ducts are far away from your garage, this may be a more costly project. And if it would mean you have to upgrade to a larger air conditioner, it's probably not the best way to air condition your garage.
Add a mini-split air conditioner.
Another option is to install a separate, mini-split air conditioner in your garage. This is a type of air conditioner that is mounted through your wall. It will cool the air and blow it directly into the garage. Ductless mini-split systems work really well for smaller spaces like garages. And this option does not require you to make any changes to your current HVAC system.
Mini-split units are small and can be mounted high on the wall where they are not in the way. They are not hard for HVAC companies to install, and they're also very energy-efficient — which will keep your AC bills down. You can generally control the unit with remote control, which is great when you're working in the garage.
If you would like to add air conditioning to your garage, talk to your HVAC company about these options. They can look over your garage space and your existing HVAC system and let you know which option will work best. It mostly depends on the size and layout of your current HVAC.
For more information, contact a company like Total Comfort HVAC.