How to save energy with garage door insulation?03/01/2014 Back To Blog
Winter months can be really harsh on any homeowner. It's not just about the weather and biting cold but also the utility bills, which are sure to spiral upwards to keep up with the heating needs. Proper insulation is the key but in most cases, the garage door is often forgotten as not too many of us realize that here's one place where energy can be easily lost (or saved with insulation!). It's a simple concept - a garage door without insulation is cold during the harsh winter months and draws heat away from the rooms adjoining it, while during the summer months it's unbearably hot. These rooms get cold and the heating system has to work harder to maintain the temperature. Let's look at a few ways to prevent this -
Take a good look at the weather stripping and the seal at the bottom of the door. There should be no cracks or signs of wearing out. If you place your hand, there shouldn't be a draft as well. Replace the weather stripping and seal if needed, or invest in a new one if they are not there in the first place.
Garage door insulation
Weather stripping or bottom seals alone cannot help in insulation. Installing an insulated garage door is the best option. Although the existing garage door can be insulated, it is not recommended as it adds to the weight and affects the counterbalance spring system. This is critical for the functioning of the lifting mechanism. Any excess weight need to be counterbalanced, this calls' for changing the springs. For some, this could be too much of a hassle and buying an insulated door is the best option.
If there is a door inside the garage that leads to the house, keep that insulated as well. Overtime there should be a drop in utility bills while your home remains cozy and comfortable.