HVAC and Air Purification
You can of course pay a professional HVAC contractor for a system that's appropriate for your shop.
If that's an option for you, go for it. Chances are that it'll be a well planned system that will create a comfortable and safe environment for you for years to come.
If you need a more affordable solution or you just need something sooner, we've lined up a few great options for you but there are a few things to consider for your own safety first.
Your wood shop is packed with flammable materials and vapours. Choose your heater wisely. No naked flames and no heater elements that could potentially ignite something.
If a professionally fitted HVAC system isn't within budget, a decent oil heater will safely and economically heat a room up to around 150 square feet.
There are other ways to heat a garage that isn't being used as a wood shop with a single garage heater but they carry a risk of igniting dust so we don't recommend them.
Cooling is a much easier topic to solve because a typical portable AC unit isn't going to blow the roof off your garage. Well, we'd hope anyway.
If you live in a climate that's hot for most of the year, AC will be a priority. Working in 100*F is not fun so what do you do?
Again, assuming a professionally installed HVAC system isn't on the table, a portable AC unit will work perfectly, just as long as you've insulated your garage properly...
Here are some candidates that will do the job for you.
A decent air filter in your wood shop makes all the difference in the world.
Typically, you just attach a few hooks to the ceiling, lift your new machine into place and plug it in. Most of them are remote controlled and have multiple speed settings.
You should look for a quiet 50 to 60 decibel machine that's capable of filtering down to 1 micron.
A timer is a handy feature too so you don't have to worry about leaving your filter running after you're done for the day.
Best of the rest...
Given the noise you get from a typical contractor table saw (for example), It's going to be on your mind at some point.
If you're lucky enough to pick the right house in the first place....
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Then, you might be able to choose a place without neighbours, or maybe, they'll be far enough away that it won't be a problem.
If not, what else can you do?
Well, ideally, before you start to fill the space...
Check to see how much noise there is when your loudest machine is running and all doors and windows are shut. If you don't think you'll be able to get away with it, You'll want to add some noise abatement.
Typically you start with good insulation behind every wall.
Once you've done that. You're probably going to want to insulate and seal your garage door as well.
I made a YouTube video about that recently on 'got wood?'
Here' take a look and see what you think.
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If you're lucky by this point, noise levels will be low enough that all you'll need is a good relationship with your neighbours and you're set.
If your shop is still producing too much noise and you'd like to be on the safe side here are some great options for you to consider depending on your application.