When you want to cut down on your energy bills, it’s easy to overlook your garage door. Many homeowners don't realize that this portal is a major source of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. These fluctuations can lead to higher heating and cooling costs.
With energy-efficient garage doors, however, you can save money on your energy bills and improve your home’s overall comfort and efficiency.
Here are some tips on how to save on HVAC expenses using energy-efficient garage doors.
Choose the Right Insulation
Insulation is key to keeping your garage and home comfortable and energy-efficient. Look for garage doors with high R-values, which indicate better insulation. You can also add insulation to your existing garage door.
Opt for Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is another important element of an energy-efficient garage door. This process seals gaps between the door and the frame, preventing drafts and air leaks. Make sure your garage door has weatherstripping installed, and replace stripping that is worn or damaged.
Consider a New Garage Door Opener
If your garage door opener is outdated, it could be using more energy than necessary. For example, they may not be able to enter standby mode when not in use. Upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model can help reduce your energy bills.
Don't Forget About Maintenance
Regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your garage door functioning properly and efficiently. Make sure to lubricate all moving parts, tighten loose hardware, and check for any signs of wear and tear. The smallest improvements can keep air from entering or escaping your garage.
Look for Energy Star Certification
Finally, when shopping for a new garage door, look for Energy Star certification. This certification means that the door meets energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Certified products help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
How a Single-Layer Garage Door Can Raise Your Energy Costs
Single-layer garage doors lack insulation. They allow for greater heat transfer between the indoor and outdoor environments. That heat can seep into the home, overworking your HVAC system. The same problem applies to cold air entering during colder months.
How a Triple-Layer Garage Door Can Save You on Energy Costs
These doors provide an added layer of insulation with a foam core in between two layers of steel. This extra insulation helps regulate the temperature in your garage, which can have a significant impact on the temperature in the rest of your home.
L.A. Rain Pros can help you install, replace, or repair your garage doors. For help, call our team at (318) 386-3800 or contact us online.