Insulating your walls, your windows, and even your entry door are common energy-saving practices. But what about your garage? Most garages are unheated and uncooled spaces. This means that your home's indoor air can escape through the garage — forcing your HVAC system to work harder than it has to.
Along with the air that's escaping, the cold winter air and warm summer air can easily get in through an uninsulated door. This adds to the overall energy inefficiency of your home. What can you do to stop air leaks and make your garage a more energy-efficient space? Take a look at these insulation tips that can save you money now and in the future.
Avoid Window Issues
Is your garage door completely solid? Many models have windows that let the light in and add style to the door's look. Even though garage door windows provide plenty of benefits, they can also cause air transfer. Single-pane garage door windows aren't insulated well. The lack of insulation won't do much to keep the winter chill or the summer heat where they belong — outside.
If you're looking for a permanent fix for your window insulation woes, then you have a few options. You can choose a new garage door that is completely solid. This is an option if your existing door is older, in need of repair, or has seen better days. But if your door is newer or works well, then you may not want to replace it.
Instead of replacing a door just to insulate the windows, consider switching the single-pane glass out for a multi-pane version. This adds an extra layer of insulation to your garage door. If you don't want to replace the glass, then cover the inside of the glass with protective window plastic sheeting. This can help to keep the outside air from transferring through the glass.
Insulate the Door
Insulating the windows in your garage isn't the only way to stop the cold or heat from coming in or getting out. The door itself needs insulation as well. If you're not sure whether your door is insulated or not, a professional contractor can evaluate it and explain what materials it's made from.
Keep in mind, not every door is equally insulated. Some doors have added insulation in the middle, while others simply don't. A steel door is a durable choice that may or may not have central insulation. Likewise, wood composite, fiberglass, and vinyl doors often come with insulation in the center.
While natural woods are attractive and add an unmistakably elegant quality to your home, they typically don't include added insulation. The wood itself can keep the draft out, but you might not find the same level of protection as you would with a fully insulated product.
If your older door has no insulation or thin insulation, then switching it out for a new model can make a major difference. You'll feel more comfortable in the garage, have less air transfer into your home, and save money on HVAC-related energy bills.
Consider All-Wall Insulation
Keep in mind, insulating your door isn't always enough on its own to lower the heating and cooling loss in the garage space. Even though it can dramatically boost your garage's ability to hold heated or cooled air in your home, you need more insulation to truly add energy efficiency to your home.
Insulating the walls between your garage and your living spaces, as well as the exterior walls, can help make the weatherization continuous — at least when the garage door is closed.
Do you need a new, well-insulated garage door? Our professional team at Door-Mart Garage Doors can help you with the installation process.