Converting Your Garage Into A Home Gym: Three Cooling Options To Consider
Your garage can be more than just a place you use to store your car. It also makes a great space for a home gym, but you'll need to consider how to control the climate in the garage so you stay comfortable while you work out. During the hot summer months, air conditioning can help to keep you cool. There are several options available to you for cooling your garage. Use this guide to determine which option is right for you.
Portable Air Conditioner
A portable air conditioner gives you a convenient way to add climate control to the garage without making any permanent changes to the structure. These units are typically situated on wheels, so they can be moved easily throughout the garage. This means you can target the cool air toward the area where you are working out. Most portable ACs need to be vented, which means you'll need access to a window in your garage to operate the AC. If you plan on using your garage primarily for car storage and the occasional workout, a portable AC might be the right option for you.
Central Air Conditioner
A central air conditioner gives you more powerful climate control inside the garage, but you will need to install duct work and venting to use this type of AC. If your garage isn't insulated, you may want to consider adding insulation to help keep the cool air inside the building. Your contractor can inspect your garage and give you an idea of how much work will be needed to install this type of unit. For homes with attached garages, it may be possible to extend your home's existing duct work to the garage. You'll want to make sure that your existing AC has the proper cooling capacity to take on the work of cooling an additional room. Central air is a good option if you will no longer be using the garage for storing your vehicles, as you can then remove the garage door and build an additional wall to truly convert the space into an addition to your home.
Window Air Conditioner
A window air conditioner provides you with the option of cooling the garage whenever you need it, but without having to install new duct work or having to add vents for a portable air conditioner. You'll need to make sure you have a window large enough to accommodate this type of air conditioner, and you will need to remove the AC during the winter to prevent damage to the unit and to prevent drafts inside your garage/home gym. Because the AC will be in a fixed position in the garage, you may want to move your workout gear so it is situated near the unit to help keep you cool. A window AC unit is a good option if you plan to use your garage for car storage and working out, as it provides a temporary cooling option.
Talk to your AC contractor about the different options available to you, and discuss how you will be using your garage. If you plan to use the space as a home gym every day, or if your whole family plans to work out in the new gym space throughout the week, a more permanent cooling solution may be right for you.