I do a lot of work in the garage, and Virginia summers can be hot, so I found a quick and easy solution: install a wall-mount fan in the back of the garage:
I was a little worried that this guy would be too small to get any significant cooling out of it, but even on the low setting it does a great job of keeping the area cool (and ventilating things like gasoline and paint smells). The wall mount unit has a neat feature with pull strings on the bottom to control fan speed and oscillation, so if you mount it high on the wall you can still control the features without having to reach for the knobs.
Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without adding some Insteon automation to the mix. So I used an Insteon Motion Sensor and Insteon On/Off Module to activate the fan whenever motion is sensed.
Keep in mind that as new devices like this are added to the network, they can be used for other things. So for example, I’ve included the motion sensor in my location-based security setup to notify me if motion is detected in the garage and I’m not home. I also included the devices in IntelliHome to see the status of the motion sensor and fan at a glance: