Your garage can be one possible cause of higher energy bills during the hot summer months. Cooled air can leak out of your garage door allowing hot air to build up in the garage, which will in turn warm up your home and force your cooling system to work harder. There are a few things you can do to help keep your garage cooler, which will help keep your energy bills down.
One of the easiest ways that you can save money is to have your garage door insulated. This should be done by experienced professionals such as the ones at Sears Garage Door Spokane. The added weight of the insulation can cause the opener to malfunction if it is not installed properly. Another way to keep your energy bills lower is by insulating the walls and ceiling of your garage. Wooden garage doors are naturally insulating, so if you’re replacing your garage door, that is a good option for you to consider.
One more way to help keep your garage cool is to have a ventilated garage door installed. This will help keep air flowing through your garage to prevent hot air from building up inside. You can also install a ventilation fan that will help keep the air moving as well.
Choose a light colored garage door, or paint your existing door a lighter color such as beige or white. Dark colored doors absorb the heat from the sun and heat them up which causes the garage to heat up! Also, install weather stripping along the bottom of the door to keep the heat out and your garage cool. Before painting your garage door you can caulk any visible gaps between the garage door and the garage frame with silicone caulk. When you do this, be careful not to apply the caulk to any of the door’s moving parts! If you have any questions about ways you can improve your garage door and lower your energy bills give Sears Garage Doors Spokane a call at (509) 795-3834 or visit them on the web, here.