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Minimum recommended climate conditions for garage

Discussion in 'Texas' started by HoustonNoProblem, Jun 8, 2024.

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  1. HoustonNoProblem

    Mar 16, 2024
    I have been reading various forums trying to understand how to preserve the car in TX (especially as they age and considering what climate can do to rubber, paint, and perhaps more specifically for Ferrari- leather dash) in the most sensible way possible.

    Some say heat is the culprit, others humidity (still others cold, but that isn’t relevant for most Texans).

    Is there consensus on what it is, or both? And whatever it is, is there consensus on minimal recommended temp/humidity?

    So for hot and humid climates like Houston (or even parts of Fl for that matter), what is recommended?

    Some ideas I have read:

    Insulated garage (done)
    Desiccant packs inside car?
    Garage roof vents?
    Car cocoons, which?

    I do not want to run AC or dehumidifier for the entire garage because I think during TX summers those would be running almost all day to keep up. The initial and ongoing cost would be like buying an insurance policy for a relatively non major repair (dash, buttons, belts, hoses) for something that might occur x years down the line.
  2. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Seven Time F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed

    Apr 28, 2003
    Number one culprit is not fully drying a car after washing. This applies everywhere.

    In Houston, humidity is the big problem. Best bet is to run an A/C at 78 or so and a dehumidifier.
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  3. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Seven Time F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed

    Apr 28, 2003
    BTW, I'm not sure sticky buttons are related to heat and humidity. From what I know, it is the oil and whatnot on your fingers, but I could be wrong.
  4. JSwan724

    JSwan724 Karting

    Jun 1, 2023
    Agreed with the A/C and heat option.

    I have a 2 ton split on the wall that will maintain a steady temperature winter or summer.

    The new ones don’t draw that much electricity. and the FEDS and your Texas utility in your case may give you a rebate because it’s energy efficient.

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