|Forum topic by Vrtigo1||posted 08-10-2010 06:16 PM||12294 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-10-2010 06:16 PM
Not sure what category this should go in, so I figured the lounge is a good place to start. I read over some of the other posts regarding A/C’ing a workshop but still have some questions.
I live in Florida, and in the summer the temps are usually in the mid to high 90s, which makes working in the garage less than pleasant. For the past few months, if I spend more than 30 minutes or so in my garage, when I go back into the house, I’m dripping with sweat and have to take a shower before I can do anything else.
My house is block, and my garage doesn’t have any windows. The garage has two exterior walls, a block wall which faces north and the garage door which faces east. The north wall doesn’t get much direct sun, but the garage door does, although strangely enough, the door feels relatively cool to the touch even in direct sunlight, and I don’t feel much if any heat coming off of it.
Above the garage there’s an attic. There’s no insulation between the garage and the attic, and it’s not feasible for me to add it at this point because I’ve already put down a particleboard floor in the attic for storage.
I picked up a 12,000 btu portable A/C unit for $100 on Craigslist and currently have it ducted outside via a dryer vent. It helps, but it’s still noticeably warm in the garage.
At this point, I’m trying to determine what the best option would be to get the garage cooled down to a more comfortable temp. I could either run some vents to the garage from the central A/C in the house, or I was also considering installing a mini split A/C system just for the garage. I’m hoping to keep the cost under $1,000, and I want to do whatever will end up impacting my light bill the least.
I have an A/C guy coming out tomorrow to give me some recommendations, but was hoping to get some advice so I can ask him the right questions.