The Two Biggest Advantages of Basement vs. Garage Gyms

I’ve written in the past about basement vs. garage gyms. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but… Today, I was reminded of the two biggest advantages of the basement gym. Care to guess what they are?

Without further ado, I present to you the top two reasons to put your home gym down in the basement instead of out in the garage:

  1. it stays cool in the summer, and
  2. it stays warm in the winter.

The temps around here dropped into the mid-20s last night. But this morning, our home gym was a comfortable 66F. It’s located in unfinished space, so it’s not heated or cooled, but it holds temp quite well.

Basement gyms offer stable temps throughout the year... (click image to enlarge)

Basement gyms offer stable temps throughout the year… (click image to enlarge)

If you look in the bottom right corner of the monitor pictured above, you’ll see a historical high and low. I cant recall the last time I reset it, but it’s been a looong time. And yet, through the seasons, the temp in that space has remained in a tight range between 66-68F.

As for humidity, it’s naturally low right now. It’s a lot wetter around here in the summer, but we run a 70-pint, standalone dehumidifier in that space and it easily keeps things in check. In fact, as you can see in the top right corner of the monitor pictured above, the historical range is 39-47%.

Note: If you’re in the market for a simple temperature and/or humidity monitor, I highly recommend an Acu-Rite monitor like ours. They’re cheap, and they work quite well.

Say what you will about the easy accessibility of a garage gym. Comfort is a much bigger issue in my book and, on that front, the basement gym wins hands down. Assuming, of course, that you actually have a basement…

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