It can be difficult to find an adequate spot to put your treadmill inside your house due to a multitude of reasons. This leads people to default to where they put most other things that don’t fit inside the house; a garage or a shed.
This is a super convenient place for storage, but can a treadmill actually be stored in your garage?
Yes, it is actually safe to store most standard size treadmills in the garage in most states of the United States despite the range of temperature and humidity levels that occur throughout the year.
Let’s go over some quick measurements.
Most standard 1 car garages are 12 feet wide by 22 feet deep, but other common sizes are 14 x 22, or 16 x 24.
This compared to an average size of a good treadmill, which for our case we will use the NordicTrack T 8.5 S, which is 78.5 x 35.5 x 59 inches (roughly 6.5 x 3 x 5 feet), there should be plenty of space to store your treadmill in the garage, especially if you are leaving your car outside.
If your garage is as cluttered as mine, then we both have a better chance fitting the treadmill in our actual house, but nevertheless, we have established that it is possible to store a treadmill in your garage if you have enough space to do so.
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Temperature & Humidity Ranges:
The ideal temperature a treadmill should be used is between 50-105 degrees °F. If the treadmill was exposed to below freezing conditions (32 °F), it is recommended that the treadmill be kept in room temperature (68–72 °F) for a minimum of three hours before using it.
According to USA.com, 30 of the 50 states in the United States average temperature outside is over 50 °F. So if you live in the lower temp 20 states it might be a good idea to either insulate your garage or keep it inside.
During summer months, National Home Contractor RE Williams shares the your garage can be 20 degrees or higher than the outside temperature. So this means that during those hot summer months that touch over 100 °F during the day, your garage is potentially 20 degrees warmer.
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) published a study that 2020 was an above average temperature year for most states in 2020. The chart below shows the data related to the study.
"Most of the contiguous U.S. experienced above-average temperatures during 2020. Ten states across the Southwest, Southeast and East Coast had their second-warmest year on record. There were no areas of below-average annual temperatures observed across the Lower 48 during 2020."
All of this to say that it might be a good idea to insulate your garage if you plan on storing your treadmill there. This is a great way to keep a fairly consistent temperature. Amazon shares a simple kit that I installed in my garage.
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Is Storing or Using a Treadmill in a Garage a Good Idea?
So even if it is possible to store a treadmill in your garage, is it actually a good idea? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
Here is a list of the Pros and Cons associated with storing your treadmill in a garage.
Pros of Having a Treadmill in Your Garage
So there are a lot of positives to keeping your treadmill in the garage, and oftentimes it really is a better option than the alternatives.
However, before you go throwing the treadmill in the corner of your garage, take a second to run over the possible drawbacks of this option.
Cons of Having a Treadmill in Your Garage
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- [SUITABLE SIZE]:46" long x 38" wide x 66" high.
- [DUST-PROOF]:Windproof,dustproof, sunproof, easy to clean.
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- TIPS:Please carefully measure the size of the treadmill before purchase, including the longest / highest / widest
So, we have established that there are just as many drawbacks as there are positives. The decision you make will depend more on which specific items on this list apply to you and your situation.
You might find that one condition takes priority over all others, and that will be the deal-breaker, or maybe you’ll have to make your own list of conditions to make the right decision. My recommendation is to buy a used one off of Facebook marketplace or a swap site like Craigslist if you are truly worried about the range of temps in your garage
In any case, you now have the information that you need to make an informed decision on how you proceed with placing your treadmill in the perfect location to fit your needs.
Last update on 2021-03-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API