In modern homes, many have the garage doors efficiently insulated, a very beneficial feature being that most garages are connected to the rest of the house. Your home is significantly impacted if the garage is extremely hot or cold. If your garage door is not sufficiently insulated your HVAC system is affected, and your power bill. Today, we at AAA Action Doors would like to expound on garage door insulation.
Insulated Garage Doors Save Money on Heating & Cooling Costs
As mentioned, without adequate insulation for your garage door, the temperatures of your garage influence the HVAC system for controlling the set temperature of your home and if the insulation lacks, your cooling and heating system is forced to compensate, sending your power bill higher than what it could be with a properly insulated garage door. Not only will you spare the HVAC system extra work, putting less wear on it, but your home will stay reasonably cooler and warmer as appropriate for the setting on your thermostat. Below, you will find some pertinent information regarding the insulation for your garage door.
R Value for Garage Door
Measuring the thermal resistance of a material, the insulation materials are measured by the R-value. Ideally you want the materials for your garage door to have a high R-value because the material with a higher insulation indicates a higher resistance to outdoor temperature penetration. It will keep unwanted warm or cool air out of the garage and spare the rest of your home from combating the temperatures.
Garage Door Insulation Materials
With a variety of different materials your garage door insulation can be accomplished. Many modern garage doors will have a hollow section that is filled with more insulative material, aside from the inherent R-value of the garage door’s outer material. Below you will find common materials frequently used to insulate your garage door.
– Foil Insulant
– Polystyrene Foam
– Polyurethane Foam
Garage Door Seals
There is a strong possibility that there will be gaps that make it easy for heat to enter or escape your garage, depending on the season, despite if your garage door has a high R-value. It is important to seal the area around your garage door for this reason. Ensuring the weather stripping, or the rubber seal on the bottom of the garage door, is in top condition and not dry cracked, or torn, is important. It not only seals and acts as a barrier to the bottom of your garage door, and to the threshold between your garage and your driveway, but it also cushions the landing of the garage door when it seals.
How Effective is Garage Door Insulation?
In addition to properly insulating the garage to help you save money in heating and air conditioning costs in your home, you are also contributing to being more environmentally friendly. The improved insulated garage door will also make spending time in the garage more comfortable and manageable whether it is your man cave, a place to complete projects, or let the kids have their band practice. your garage door will make your garage a more functional amenity to your home with proper insulation.