Ask any DIYer, woodworker, or crafter what it’s like working in the garage during the summer and 9 times out of 10, you’ll get a description somewhere between “feels like Hell” and “this really feels like Hell.”
Thankfully, here in Maryland is hasn’t been too hot (although I’m sure we could debate what’s considered to be “hot.”)
But it’s been hot enough that it makes the most pleasurable project feel like torture at times because of the high temps.
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a temperature-controlled garage to work in when the temperature is soaring (heck–some of us aren’t lucky enough to even have a garage!). So for that, I’m thankful that I’ve got a workspace.
But having a garage workspace that’s not air-conditioned usually means I end up like this, sweat marks and all.
Over the months since I’ve been working in my hot garage, I’ve dealt with it as best as I can.
But when Luma reached out and asked if I would try their Evaporative Cooler, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out in this hot space!
I was a little skeptical about whether it would work well because evaporative coolers are usually best in the drier parts of the world, particularly the Midwest. It puts cool moisture into the air, which is what I didn’t want in this already humid environment. In the past, we’ve had mold issues due to excessive moisture in our garage, so I was wary of trying it out.
But the folks at the company urged me to give it a try anyhow and see how I liked it.
And I have to admit–on that particular day when I was all soggy and really uncomfortable, this evaporative cooler made all the difference!
I realized that even though I could add water to the back, the adjustments on top allowed me to decide if I wanted to add moisture to the air or if I just wanted to use the fan portion.
I worried about my tools rusting over, so I stayed away from the Humidifier setting and just turned the fan on HIGH, feeling a noticeable difference in my discomfort level immediately, especially when I set it to aim right near my work table.
I like that it comes with a remote control so if I am in the middle of a project and don’t want to drop everything to turn it on, I can operate it with the click of a button.
I just had to make sure that I had a battery on hand, though, because the remote didn’t come with a battery, unfortunately. Thankfully, I had one on hand!
If I want it to get really cold, I can freeze these two coolers and place them into the water container in the back! I haven’t tried those yet, but I like that I have the option!
Since I worry about excess moisture in my garage, I won’t be using the humidifier feature of this evaporative cooler in the garage, which I think sort of defeats the purpose of having an evaporative cooler, doesn’t it? LOL
But I do like that I can crank this baby’s fan on HIGH and get air circulating in the garage!
It gets pretty muggy out there, so I like that the powerful motor keeps a breeze on me.
I’ll admit that I don’t mind the heat, although it feels much better having a cool breeze blowing on me when my creative juices are flowing!
I leave the fan going full-force 24/7 to keep the air circulating in what has always been a musty garage, especially in the summer.
And when things get too hot, I find myself gravitating towards the Luma evaporative cooler and enjoying the few moments of breeze before jumping back into a DIY task!
If you live in a part of the U.S. such as the Midwest where you get stifling, dry heat, you’ll definitely want to consider one of these evaporative coolers for your garage workshop or home.
However, if you live in the more humid parts of the U.S. such as me, you might fare better by investing in a good fan. Although this works well, the evaporative cooling setting may not be as useful to parts of the home that already gets a lot of moisture in the summer.
Overall, though, it’s a solid addition to hot, dry parts of the home, and I’m happy to have it blowing cool air on me this summer!
Where do you live? Is it dry or humid? Have you ever considered getting an evaporative cooler for your garage workspace? Leave a comment and let’s chat about how you stay cool when working outside during the summer!
Luma provided this evaporative cooler for me to test out in my garage. All opinions below to Thrift Diving.