Having an attached garage at your Sour Lake, Texas, home certainly adds convenience but may come with some risk factors. Contaminated air can seep from the garage into your home, leading to poor indoor air quality, and the lower temperature can make heating your home more difficult.

Vehicle Exhaust

The most common reason that you have poor air quality in your garage is the exhaust that comes from your vehicle. Even if the overhead garage door is open, starting and running your car emits carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that can cause serious health problems and even death if inhaled for too long. Many homeowners also store chemicals like paint, gasoline, fertilizers, and pesticides in their garages.

Cold Temperatures

An attached garage gets a lot colder than the inside of your home, so if you have cracks or poorly sealed doors, walls, and ceilings, you may find it’s tough to maintain a comfortable temperature. You can add weather stripping to the bottom of your exterior garage door, also referred to as a door sweep, to help block out cooler air from the outside. If your garage has windows, upgrade the glass to a double-paned option and keep them locked.

Improve Air Quality

Contaminated and cold air can seep through cracks in the doors, walls, and ceilings of the garage, allowing it to enter your home undetected. A qualified HVAC contractor can evaluate the shared wall, looking for places to seal and insulate to prevent air from coming inside. It’s also helpful to clean out your garage and get rid of chemicals that you don’t need. Never let your vehicle warm up within your garage, even with the door open.

Protect your family by keeping the garage air outside. Call us at Thermacon Service Company, Inc. at 866-797-1535 to schedule a heating checkup and our technicians can assess how well your doors and walls insulate the inside of your home from the attached garage.

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