There’s a heatwave happening pretty much all over. Whether it is making your area a lovely crisp 65 when you’re used to colder this time of year or a balmy 80, winter it seems is ending a bit early this year. What better time then to think about your energy bill right? Prices on gas and natural gas continue to fall, but who knows how long that will last. If you also enjoy minimizing your carbon footprint there is no time like the present to think about lessening your energy usage by upping the role your garage door plays in keeping your home’s temperature constant. When it comes to your garage door there are really three things that can help to keep your home from using so much energy. There is the door itself, the insulation and the weather stripping or seal. The garage is a large room and in some cases may be the largest most open room i your home. This means that there is a large amount of air in the room and this can be used to create a pretty nice buffer zone actually to keep your home’s temperature relatively constant. Heat and cold both will move in and out of your home, especially through drafty areas in your home which is why minimizing them is a very good idea.
The number one thing you can do to make your garage work for you to help keep a constant temperature is to close your garage door and keep it closed. There are a number of reasons to keep your garage door closed whenever it doesn’t need to be open and this is just yet another. With your garage door open the wind and cold or hot air can blow into your garage and carry away whatever change in temperature your air conditioning or heating has helped to accomplish in minutes. Without a closed garage door all the insulation or sealing you have made sure to have on your garage door is worthless because it really isn’t in place. The default position for your garage door should always be closed, just for security reasons, but it will also help your garage door to do its job in keeping out things like a drafty breeze or hot dry air that you might not want coming into your garage or home. If you do none of the rest of the things in this article you should at least do this as this will make the biggest difference of all.
The second big tip you can take on how to keep your garage and home a more comfortable temperature for less is to utilize that little strip of rubber on the bottom of your garage door. Just lie the tip about keeping your garage door closed it is important to minimize the about of air moving in and out of your garage door as much as possible. The best way to do this is to keep your garage door closed whenever possible and to have that closed garage door be sealed as tight as possible. The weather stripping at the bottom of your garage door can help make this a possibility. One problem though is that this weather stripping can start to wear down. This rubber seal makes up for small changes in alignment and things expanding and contracting in the heat and cool weather. This means that while your garage door may last for years and years, your weather seal may last for just a fraction of that. If you notice gaps in the space between your garage door and the ground then it may be time to get a new seal. Most of the time this can be replaced on your own and is extremely cheap, especially when you take into account the money you’ll save with the new seal.
The last thing you can do to up your garage doors chops when it comes to keeping your home’s temperature constant or more easily managed is installing insulation. When it comes to cheap garage doors they typically don’t have the most insulation in them to begin with. Unless you make a point of getting a garage door with insulation built in there is a chance that you are just dealing with the insulation capabilities of whatever material your garage door is made out of. If you realize that you want to do more than just use whatever material your garage door is made of to do some insulating. What you do then is look at what you can do after market. There are really two choices, DIY kits or getting insulation put into your garage door by a professional. The former can work well for some but can be a bit of a one size fits some idea. The second will be more tailored to your needs but will also be much more expensive. It is best to think of how much insulation you feel you might need and to go from there.
Keeping your home the same temperature while you are in it can be a costly and energy consuming task. In many cases this might be your most costly bill of all. Doing little bits to minimize this though will keep your bills down and save you money every month which in the long run will add up while you can feel good about doing something a little good for the environment and your wallet. Insulating your garage door, sealing it correctly and most of all keeping it closed whenever possible is very easy to do and can end up saving you a great deal. Insulation may be a bit costly when thought of as an investment, but the others definitely don’t need any rationalizing to make them seem like good ideas. If you use your garage as something other than car storage the usefulness of these tips jumps up another huge notch. Having a more moderate temperature in your garage opens up the space to more uses and helps it become a more flexible and valuable space.