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Location: Australia; now run by adults.
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Heat is the killer for electronics, not cold, so in a cool environment like a garage, your server will be fine, provided you make sure it's in a dust free environment. Mine is in a temporary cabinet in the garage, but I'm building a new one with air filtering on the door and top to allow for better airflow, and the cabinet will be up on the wall to keep it further away from floor dust.
If the garage gets hot in summer/hotter weather, you'll need to do something to keep the temps down. When installed look at the CPU temps and make sure they're not unhealthy and if necessary, do something about it. The duct sounds like a good idea, perhaps with an inline fan to draw lots of air past the chassis in warmer weather. To save power, have it thermostat controlled.