Where to Look for Heat Loss in the Garage

A newly constructed home in a suburban development


During the winter your garage is substantially colder than the rest of your home.  Unless your door is well-insulated, a lot of heat will escape. Unfortunately, heat loss equates to money loss.  Period.  Have you noticed that it is much colder in the rooms that border the garage?  If so, there are options to resolve this problem.  



A quick visual inspection will tell you a lot about your door’s overall health.  If it is solid and creates a flush, air tight seal when it closes, your door is in good health!  If the body is cracked, has holes, or there are any small openings when your door is closed, that means heat is escaping.  If so, contact a professional about the extent of the damage.  Some repairs and slight adjustments to the alignment or tracks, could be all that is needed to correct the problems.  


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Garage door use and mother nature naturally wear away and damage your door’s weather stripping.  Weather stripping creates a stronger seal around your doors and windows to keep out unwanted outdoor temperatures.  If the stripping has cracked, broken or warped over time, an unsuspecting cool breeze could be entering your garage and get trapped inside.  The quick and cost efficient choice of updating your weather stripping will pay off in the long run!  


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During the winter, without proper insulation, your garage may be a large refrigerator only shielding your car and belongings directly from wind, rain, hail and snow.  The colder the temperature inside your garage means the more you’re going to have to heat your home and the harder your furnace will have to work.  That’s costing you money on a room you may rarely ever be in! Making sure the walls of the garage are well-insulated is the first and most effective step.  Have you felt a chill when you touch the wall inside your home that connects to the garage?  That’s your first sign and a sign of the extra work your furnace is doing.  


Insulating your garage door is the next step.  What makes you warmer, a t-shirt or a sweater?  This is close to the difference between a thin, fiberglass garage door or one that is well-insulated.  Depending on the material of your garage door; like metal, for example, it could be working as a conductor for the elements!  Insulation will greatly diminish the effects of the weather outside.  The next step is choosing the type of insulation you would want to use: polyurethane or polystyrene.  Each has advantages, but polyurethane has a higher R-value for thermal resistance.  


Maintaining the health of your garage door, insulating it, and applying weather stripping are three ways to prevent garage heat loss and to keep your energy costs down!  Email us or call today for the solution that will benefit your home the most.  Stay warm this winter!