Losing Heat, Losing Money
The amount of heat that leaks out of your home is directly related with the cost of keeping your home warm. Whenever any part of your house isn’t properly sealed and insulated from the effects of winter, utility bills rise. If your garage is attached to your home, check the following places to test for heat loss.
Insulation Preserves Heat
The walls of your garage probably don’t have any massive cracks or gashes that expose the interior to the elements. However, even though the walls of your garage look solid, there may be a variety of flaws that lead to heat loss during the winter.
One of the most obvious issues would be garage walls that aren’t insulated. If a wall is cooler to the touch than another side of the garage, or if the entire garage simply doesn’t retain any heat, there’s a good chance that the insulation is faulty or not present to begin with. There are a bunch of solutions that you can choose to put into place, including exterior insulation as well as insulation for the roof or crawl space of the garage.
Another part of the garage that might not have proper insulation is the garage door, which can cause more heat loss compared to an uninsulated wall. Depending on the door of the garage, you might be able to insulate the door by planning a DIY project.
However, if the covering doesn’t have the required design to add insulation, you should consider choosing a pre-insulated garage door. This solution offers a much greater R-value compared to adding a bit of insulation.
Check the Weather-Stripping
It doesn’t take much for warm air to escape the confines of your garage. Just a small crack is all that’s needed to reduce the amount of warm air that you keep inside your house. One of the bigger leaks that takes place in garages involves air sneaking out from under broken weather-stripping that’s supposed to create a seal between the garage and the floor.
Changes in moisture caused by the arrival of dry winter air erodes the integrity of the seal, which also may be corroded by road salt and the pressure of the door closing. If you notice a draft sneaking under the garage door, replace the weather-stripping with a new one as soon as you get the chance.
Solving the sources of heat loss in your garage before winter begins helps to create a more comfortable home while reducing the amount of money you spend on heating. If your garage door isn’t insulated, or if you simply need to replace your garage door, Garaga experts can help you choose from a variety of solutions that provide great R-rating and a solid build that will last many winters.
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