Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

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Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by Jan » October 10th, 2015, 11:13 am

so , i will start to turn my Garage into a gaming room soon and i`m a bit worried about the winter.

the Garage is a wooden construction, i will use foil, insulation wool, foil and finally sheetrock. The Floor is screed and concrete.

thou it will probably still get pretty cold inside in the winter.

will this be a Problem for crt cabs ?

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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by cools » October 10th, 2015, 11:34 am

The cold isn't a problem, but condensation on the glass when the cabs warm up is. Don't switch them on when cold, let the room warm up for a few hours first.
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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by Jan » October 10th, 2015, 1:06 pm

i was considering a small Radiator, but that will o fcourse be a rather large Investment :/

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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by muddymusic » October 10th, 2015, 6:45 pm

I'd recommend a good dehumidifier over a radiator as it will dry and warm the air. In the winter I put mine on a medium setting and leave it on.
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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by Jan » October 10th, 2015, 7:12 pm

which one do you use ?

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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by Paulie » October 10th, 2015, 9:37 pm

Dehumidifiers are very good providing you buy a good one. Be aware that they have their limitations though, this is due to a couple of factors, temp and size of space. Both of these limitations should be specified in the tech specs. I have one which was expensive but has been worth every penny although I don't currently use it in my garage as ATM it's cab free.

I have a triple garage with a workshop extension, its uninsulated and has a metal roof and in winter it's freezing in there TBH not really noticeably different to outside. Although my dehumidifier still worked in there it did so very poorly in comparison to the warmer months. It would be too costly for me to heat my garage due to it being such a large space but if you can then it would be best to raise the temperature a little then your dehumidifier should work at an optimum. One of those small oil filled plug in rads should work well in a smaller space, I also have one of those rads and they are also great and cost very little.

As others have said cold is ok but condensation is a killer. The cold shouldn't be problematic to your cabs as long as you don't use them until they've warmed up. Personally I've stored cabs in my current freezing garage and in my previous brick built single garage with no issues whatsoever although I must say they weren't turned on until spring as I was always a little nervous of damaging them due to condensation.

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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by muddymusic » October 11th, 2015, 8:18 am

I have one of these
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EcoAir-Desiccan ... humidifier
It's a desiccant type so will work well in low temperatures unlike compressor ones.
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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by purplec » October 11th, 2015, 10:36 am

Muddy

Do you have to replace anything with that or just empty the water?

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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by muddymusic » October 11th, 2015, 5:09 pm

Just empty the water, although you can attach a hose to run outside so you don't have to empty it.
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Re: Cabs in the Garage vs Winter

Post by Paulie » October 11th, 2015, 8:28 pm

from the reviews that sounds like it could be ideal for Jan, muddy :thumbupright: As you point out desiccants have a lower optimum operating range, above 1C and compressors above 15C. I'd still try to maintain a reasonable temp if it's financially viable though, and not just for the dehumidifier, for comfort too.

I chose a compressor (mines an Ebac) due to the square footage. I required a high daily extraction rate/ speed removal, think its capable of extracting 20 or it might even be 30 litres per day. I'd highly recommend it for big spaces providing you are aware of its limitation.

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