Old Man Winter Is Not Welcome In The Garage

insulation-garageYour garage is easily one of the most inefficient rooms of your house, but there are ways to combat energy loss. If you have an attached garage, making it more efficient will improve your home’s overall performance. In the winter an inefficient garage will have cold air whistling through its bones. That frigid air will then penetrate the walls and ceiling of surrounding living spaces, making your whole home colder.

A lot of homes, new and old are built without insulation in the garage walls. Insulating your garage walls is usually an easy process. You can roll the right kind of R-value insulation between your joists, or have it blown in through a small hole in the drywall.

Other areas to inspect are the lower framing by the concrete floor. Over time the connection points will swell, shrink, and move, leaving gaps which allow air from the outside to leak in. A foam sealant or latex/silicone based caulk will seal these areas up nicely.

As we’ve mentioned before, one of the easiest/ most affordable ways is to make sure that the weather stripping around the garage door frame is intact and seals out most of the air from the garage. A great way to check, turn on the garage lights at night, stand outside and see if any light is showing through. Once you’ve identified the open areas you can properly seal them back up with weather stripping.

Another fix that we love to help with are the doors! A lot of times garages will be insulated but the builder won’t install insulated garage doors. The purpose of the insulation is lost, as an un-insulated door will transfer the cold from the outside, right to the inside. You can purchase insulation kits to beef up your existing doors or have us give you a quote on some brand new insulated ones.