If you are a homeowner, no doubt you’ve noticed your energy bills consistently going higher and higher each year. Unfortunately, energy rates will not go down in our lifetime. But we can plan on how to reduce our bills by reducing our energy consumption.
One of the most obvious ways is to check our windows and doors to make sure they are insulated against the cold and the heat in Canada. But have you considered what effect your garage doors have on your energy bill?
Consider that the garage opening is the largest thermal break in the home. Older traditional garage doors were designed in a time before energy efficiency was even a consideration and before air conditioning was almost a standard in most homes. It is no surprise that garage doors that are not insulated cause an alarming rate of heat loss in the winter and allow hot, moist air into the home in the summer.
If your garage is attached to your home, have you noticed that rooms above the garage or adjacent to it always seem to be hotter in the summer and colder in the winter? To problem solve this issue, first check your garage doors for their insulation.
Modern garage doors will have a thick and dense barrier across the entire garage opening that provide high levels of thermal insulation. They will have a tight draught seal that stops cold getting in and a thick rubber seal on the bottom of the door to stop air entering where the door meets the floor. In this way, the inside temperature can be much better regulated and reduce heating and cooling loss in the home. This will have a big impact on your energy bills in both winter and summer.