Hi all, we have a 1 car garage and live in South Texas, the garage is not air conditioned and the heat and humidity are unbearable for at least 9 months of the year so we have been discussing getting air conditioning.
We have a problem that stops us from just buying a ductless a/c and installing it. The problem is with the wind certificate on file with Texas. This cert has to be paid for and approved when any work is done on the house and that includes the installation of air conditioning. The last certificate on the house was for 2012 when we purchased the home and a new roof was added, so we aren't interested in starting over just for air conditioning.
I think I have found the solution to our problem and wanted to run it by you all.
1. We need to add a/c to the garage so that we can use it during the spring, summer and fall.
2. We cannot cut holes in our siding to add a ductless a/c without paying for a new windstorm certificate.
My solution is two fold.
1. Purchase a Vent-A-Garage Air Exchange System, it comes in a two car garage setup and ours is only one car.
I plan to use both the exit fans on the single garage door to vent out the high heat we have during the hot humid times. That should provide plenty of air movement.
I was thinking that if we installed the two air inlet vents on the wall between the laundry room and the garage, it would allow for some of the cooler air from the the house to enter the garage allowing for less humidity to enter the garage.
We would need to cover those inlet vents when cutting wood on the panel saw but otherwise, all other cutting is done outside. We do have a mini cyclone to help out with the air borne dust as well.
Here is the link to the Vent-A-Garage Air Exchange System, there are a couple of videos on installation and how it works.
2. We purchase a portable air conditioner with a hose venting outside using a Garage Door Exhaust Port. We would need to unplug the venting system while using the air conditioner but it would be worth it to have a/c when working in the garage.
Here is the link to the Garage Door Exhaust Ports and some lock for security when not in use.
What do you think of my plan? Do you think it would work and we could have some relief from the hot humid air in the hotter months? Am I truly crazy with impossible ideas on the solution to our problem?
You can catch their sales for free shipping too. When not in use you can wheel it into a corner. They make dust filters for them. Is your electric panel in the garage? If so it would be an easy circuit to add. An electrician would give you a good idea of it. That way you can have it dedicated and separate from the power tools.
Move to Oregon or Washington.
Ha Ha Jay, I would have plenty of wood to choose from there, lol.