What’s the Best Way to Put AC in a Finished Garage?
A finished garage can double as a guest room, gaming room, man cave, or just an extension of your living space. But if you’re planning to use your garage for more than storage, you’ll need a solution for combating New Mexico heat – and that means looking into air conditioning options that will work with your needs.
In most cases, a home’s garage is not directly connected to its ventilation system, which can make heating and cooling it a challenge. Here are a few of your options for keeping comfortable temperatures in your finished garage year-round:
Extend Your Ductwork
In some cases, the easiest option may be to cool your garage with the same AC system as you use in the rest of your home. Depending on the way your ductwork is set up, this may be quite simple or could be more involved – contact an HVAC company like R & R Heating & Air for an estimate!
Use a Ductless Air Conditioner
Ductless ACs, also called mini-split air conditioners, utilize a combination of outdoor condenser and indoor fan to spot-cool a particular room. They’re perfect for garages where you wish to maintain separate air space from the rest of your home, and they require no ductwork installation.
Opt for a Window Unit
If you’d prefer an evaporative cooler to refrigerated air, a window unit may be a good alternative to a mini-split system. They are an inexpensive solution and are quick to install. However, they require a window and can be noisy and bulky, so it may not work best for you.
Consider Portable AC
Another option for your garage may be a portable air conditioner. These are convenient in that they can be moved around as necessary; if you have no one using your garage, you can take the unit inside and put it to use in another part of the room. However, they are less efficient than other options and work best in well-ventilated areas. They also take up space that may be better spent on other things.
As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to cooling your finished garage. Let R & R Heating & Air help you decide on the best solution – give us a call and we’ll work with you to find the right system meet your needs, as well as handling installation and maintenance once you’ve decided.