Your garage is a valuable addition to your home. It adds square footage, and it gives you a place to store your car to keep it safe from theft and from damage from the weather. When there’s a hailstorm outside, you can feel secure knowing that your care is safe inside your garage. When it’s snowing and icing outside, you can avoid having to spend a long time each morning scraping the windows clean.
With as many benefits as there are in having a garage, there are also some disadvantages. One major disadvantage is that most garages are not temperature-controlled. In fact, they can even be hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than the conditions outside. You may have to steel yourself just to step into your garage. It can be an unpleasant start to your day.
Adding heating and cooling to your garage has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few things to consider:
Create a More Comfortable Space
Of course, the most obvious advantage of heating and cooling your garage is that it makes the space more comfortable. Your garage will feel just like any other room in your house. That means that you’ll have a smooth transition from your bed to your car each morning, giving you a better start to the workday. On cold mornings, you can get out of your warm bed and go to your warm kitchen to have a warm breakfast. You can walk into your warm garage and get in your warm car, enjoying the warm heater all the way to work. You don’t have to deal with the cold or the snow until you get out of your car at work, and by then, you’ve had plenty of time to wake up and to warm up.
Create More Uses for Your Garage
When your garage is more comfortable to spend time in, you can create many more uses for it. For example, you can set up a laundry station in your garage instead of just storing the washer and dryer there. You can build shelves and racks to hang and fold your clothes, steam them or iron them. You can confine all the work to the garage so that you free up more space inside your home. You can also create a work area in your garage, such as for woodworking, crafting or even painting or sculpting.
If you have a lot of space in your garage, you can even set up a partition and create a small office space in your garage. If you decide you don’t need to park your car in your garage, you can turn it into a playroom for your older kids or even a sleeping space. You have far more possibilities when you have made the space temperature-controlled.
Better Insulate Your Home
Your garage is a large open space butted right up to your home. Without the right insulation, the large volume of hot or cold air in your garage could shift the temperature in your home. That can make your heating and air conditioning costs for your home go up, costing you money. With the right temperature control in the garage, you can better control energy costs for your whole home.
Upgrades are Expensive
Adding heating and air conditioning to your garage will not be a cheap endeavor. Not only will you be paying for more energy costs to heat or cool the additional space, but you may also have to upgrade your heating or air conditioning unit to handle the additional space. Every HVAC unit has a certain capacity. When you add more space, the unit may not be able to handle the new load. You may have to upgrade your system, run new ducts and much more. All the upgrades you’ll need to make could cost thousands of dollars.
Insulation May Not be Adequate
Not all garages are properly insulated. There may be insulation in the wall separating your home from the garage, but there may not be any insulation on the outer walls surrounding the garage. The garage door may also not be insulated, and it can cause a significant amount of energy loss. Without the right insulation, you will spend a lot more on energy costs than you should.
When adding heating and air conditioning to your garage, you may also need to upgrade the insulation (or add it if it’s not present). You may also need to replace the garage door with an insulated model. Of course, this could be an exciting opportunity to remodel your garage and to make your whole home more energy-efficient, but it is also a big job and it will be quite expensive. In the end, you could increase the value of your property.
Deciding whether to adding heating or air conditioning to your garage really boils down to personal choice. There are many advantages to doing so, such as creating more comfortable living space and improving the energy efficiency of your home, but there are also disadvantages, such as the expense and the work of adding all the upgrades you’ll likely need. If you do make the upgrade, you will likely add significant value to your home by making it more energy efficient and creating more livable space. Consider all of these issues before making your decision.