Wanting to work on your passion projects in your garage while being cool isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Instead of bearing through the pain of the heat, it’s time to look into buying a garage air conditioner.
Deciding which garage air conditioner is right for you can be a challenge.
But it doesn’t have to be, below is everything you’ll need to start cooling down your garage.
Let’s dive right in.
The Top Garage Air Conditioners
|IMAGE||MODEL||TYPE||COOLING AREA||BTU||CHECK PRICE|
|LG LP1419IVSM||Portable||500 sq.ft||14,000|| CHECK PRICE
|Frigidaire FFPA1422U1||Portable||700 sq.ft||17,000|| CHECK PRICE
|Black + Decker||Portable||350 sq.ft||7,500|| CHECK PRICE
|PIONEER WYS012GMFI22RL||Ductless MiniSplit||500 sq.ft||12,000|| CHECK PRICE
|Pioneer WYS009G-19||Ductless MiniSplit||400 sq.ft||9,000|| CHECK PRICE
|Midea U Inverter||Window||300 sq.ft||8,000|| CHECK PRICE
|GE AHY08LZ||Window||350 sq.ft||8,000|| CHECK PRICE
Choosing the Right Garage Air Conditioner
You have three choices when it comes to cooling your garage:
- Ductless Minisplit
Finding the right garage air conditioner depends on your needs and your budget. My personal recommendation would be to go with a window unit.
Regardless of which unit you decide to buy, a dehumidifier is suggested to keep energy costs at a minimum. You should also insulate your garage before you even think about putting an air conditioner inside of your garage. You will get better results from insulation alone than air conditioning without insulation.
Window Unit – $
They’re ugly, they can be noisy, but they work. You’re in the garage anyway, you likely won’t mind the noise!
If you are looking for a budget pick, the window unit is the best all-around buy considering cost-effectiveness. While they are cheap, they still push as much air if not more than the portable units while using less electricity to boot.
If you just want a way to cool down the garage without breaking the bank, a window unit is a perfect option. Window units these days can be easily installed by yourself with a little elbow grease.
Portable – $$
Portable ACs are the easiest option out of the three. They require little installation and no outside help. They aren’t the cheapest or the best at cooling but they are convenient.
The main benefit of a portable garage air conditioner is that you don’t have to use it just in the garage, you can use it elsewhere.
Portable AC units are the best option if you are looking for a no-hassle way to cool your garage and are willing to pay a little bit extra for the convenience factor.
Ductless Mini-split – $$$$
The Ductless Mini-split is the best option although it is costly.
A Ductless Mini-split works like a normal AC unit with an attachment that goes outside. Wall-mounted AC units are incredibly great at keeping rooms cool but do cost a pretty penny when it comes to installation.
Having used a Ductless Mini-split in the past, I can vouch for them keeping the air incredibly cold. Most units can also do heat as well so that is a bonus.
The cost+installation averages to around $4000-5000. If you have no budget. Ductless Mini-split is the best way to cool a garage.
Best Overall Portable Garage Air Conditioner
The LG LP1419IVSM is our pick for the best portable garage air conditioner and good reason.
LG has innovated with its variable dual-rotor compressor motor. The rotors inside don’t run at full capacity all the time, they adjust to the needs of the environment. That means you don’t continuously blow air into your already cool room, saving you electricity!
According to several comparisons, the LG LP1419IVSM is also one of the quietest portable AC units out there. It cools up to 500 sq. ft which is more than plenty for a 2 car garage.
The LG LP1419IVSM comes with its own app, able to be controlled from anywhere.
Only one hose is required to set up. This means that there is a drain on the bottom of the air conditioning unit which requires to be emptied after a fair amount of use. Be wary of this before purchasing.
It is on the heavier side at 78 pounds. If weight is an issue for you, look into purchasing another unit that is on the lighter side.
While it is a bit pricy, the overall consensus is that this is the best portable AC unit out there.
Best Runner-Up Portable Garage Air Conditioner
The Frigidaire FFPA1422U1 packs a punch with its 14,000 BTU and ability to cool down a 700 sq. ft space. This is the unit for you if you own a bigger than a normal garage.
Frigidaire dared to go where no other brand did and make this unit black. The elegant look is sure to keep it classy while blending in with all of your other tools and gadgets.
Included is a remote allowing you to set your preferred temperature and even set it to turn off in intervals. Comes with three fan speeds and the ability to maintain a preset temperature.
One of the downfalls of this unit is that the hose is a little short, you can purchase a longer one if you would like to make it extra portable.
Best Budget Portable Garage Air Conditioner
Wanting to cool down your garage doesn’t need to be costly. The Black+Decker 7,500 BTU is capable of cooling down a 350sq.ft garage with ease.
The only downside is that it may feel cheaply made compared to the others. If your only interests are in cooling your garage and not the frills, this is the unit for you.
This unit is capable of being a fan, a cooler, and a dehumidifier all at once. The main benefit is the self-evaporating feature which doesn’t require a drain hose to be installed. Clean the filter twice a month and you’ll be cool in no time.
Included comes a window adapter for easy installation and a remote. This unit comes with a 1-year warranty.
Best Overall Ductless Mini-Split Garage Air Conditioner
*Ductless Mini-split AC units require professional installation.
Does it get chilly during the winter? Ductless Mini-splits are capable of producing heat as well as cooling. You get what you pay with wall-mounted AC units compared to portable.
Included with the PIONEER WYS012GMFI22RL are an LCD remote, heat pump outdoor section and the 16′ installation kit. Comes with everything you need for installation
The hidden LED on the front is a nice touch. (can be dimmable)
This bad boy is capable of cooling up to 700sq.ft. The garage would be able be turned into another room if you decide that you no longer need access to the garage. Adding more air-conditioned space to your home increases the value if you are willing to invest.
The warranty is 5 years for parts and the compressor.
Have no budget and want to stay cool all year round? The PIONEER WYS012GMFI22RL might be the option for you.
Best Budget Ductless Mini-Split Garage Air Conditioner
The Pioneer WYS009G-19 clocks in at 9000 BTU. Capable of cooling 400 sq. ft, this unit is a great bang for your buck.
The unit is the same as the PIONEER WYS012GMFI22RL, comes with the same remote, installation cable, and front-facing LED. You save money by giving up some BTU, which is a no-brainer if you only need to cool a small space.
You’ll be able to save money all year with its highly efficient ductless mini-split inverter and heat pump system.
You can call their tech support if you come into any issues during installation. The compressor comes with a 5-year warranty as well.
The Pioneer WYS009G-19 is our prime pick for Wall Mounted AC units.
Best Overall Window Garage Air Conditioner
Open your mind up to the benefits of window units. They aren’t the best looking nor are they the quietest, but they do their job and they do it well!
With 35% energy savings and 9 times quieter than regular window units, what’s not to love?
It only gets better from there. You can cool your 300 sq. ft garage with ease. Have a bigger garage? The Midea U Inverter comes in 12,000 BTU.
Want to get some fresh air into the garage but don’t want to open the garage door? The U installation allows for the window to be opened while still running the unit.
It comes with an app capable of controlling your device from anywhere as long as you have internet.
Think you’re capable of installing this unit? It makes sense why window units are the perfect choice for cooling down a garage. Cheap, energy-efficient, and capable of keeping your garage cold. It also heats for the winter and doesn’t require professional installation.
It’s hard to beat that!
If you need help installing this, the process can be quite confusing. Click here for an instructional video.
Best Budget Window Garage Air Conditioner
Just because this is the cheapest garage air conditioner on this list doesn’t mean that it’s out of the competition.
With its 8,000 BTUs, it’s capable of cooling up to 350 sq. ft. Perfect for smaller-sized garages.
Have a smart home? The GE AHY08LZ has an application that works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple home kit.
Utilize its 3 cool speeds, fan speeds, and 2-way air direction to your pleasure. The unit also comes with easy-to-clean air filters.
The installation takes around 30 minutes and shouldn’t be a problem if you’re handy.
Definitely worthwhile to look into this unit, For the price, it can’t be beaten.
Garage Air-Conditioner FAQ
1) How to cool a garage with no windows?
Your only options are using a fan or a Ductless-Minisplit air conditioner.
The Ductless-Minisplit does require professional installation and is pricy. If you are looking to save money, another option would be to get a window installed and purchase a window unit. Altogether it would still be cheaper than a Ductless-Minisplit (around $4000-5000).
You should also think about ventilating your garage with an exhaust fan if you have no other options.
2) What is the best garage air conditioner for me?
Everyone has their own preferences and budget. Personally, I would only buy a window unit. The portable AC units are known to be less energy efficient and cost much more than a standard window unit.
You can spend around 300 dollars with a much better result.
Wanting to up the value of your house is always a good idea. That’s where Ductless Mini-splits fits in. You can eventually turn your garage into a separate bedroom with an AC installed increasing the value of your home when you look to sell in the future.
3) Will a portable AC cool a garage?
Yes, it can. Will it be the most efficient or the best use of your time? Likely not. You will have better results with a window unit or a Ductless Mini-split, both require a bit more know-how but are beneficial in the long run.
4) How big of an air conditioner do I need for my garage?
A two-car garage would require around a 9,000 to 10,000 BTU air conditioner according to Energy Star. I would advise going bigger than you think as the garage is more prone to air leaking due to the nature of the garage door.
5) Should I air condition my garage?
How much time do you spend in the garage?
Being hot all the time is bothersome, and spending a lot of time in the garage working on your projects can turn into a nightmare. It’s worth it for me to spend a few more bucks to be more comfortable at the end of the day.
It can also increase the cost of your home, so look at it like an investment rather than sunk money.