Are you the type of person who is always cold during the winter months? Do you turn up your furnace just to find that your home doesn’t get that much warmer? There is nothing worse than finding yourself in this position. Fortunately, you can find an answer in no time at all.
While many people start out by reviewing the efficiency of their HVAC system, you don’t want to overlook the importance of other features of your home. For instance, when was the last time you took a close look at your garage door(s)? If you don’t remember, it is time to do this without delay.
You may be surprised to find that your home is cooler than it should be during the winter months because your old garage doors are no longer “getting the job done.” Not only can this lead to cooler temperatures inside your home, but it will also go a long way in increasing your energy bills. Is that something you want to deal with?
There are two specific details regarding your garage doors to consider:
- The actual doors. How old are your doors? Are these in good shape? If you have old garage doors, such as those made of wood, you cannot expect the R value to be very high. Subsequently, the thermal resistance of the doors is quite low.
- The weather stripping. Even if you have new doors, if the weather stripping is not properly applied there is a good chance that the outside elements, such as the cold air, are sneaking inside.
At this point, you have a better idea of what to look at as you are reviewing your garage doors. From here, you can make a decision on what to do next.
From a financial point of view, you are better off if you simply need to adjust or replace your weather stripping. That being said, not everybody is this fortunate. Instead, many find that they need to purchase new garage doors.
When buying new doors, speak with your technician about the problems you have been having. Explain how your home is cold during the winter months, and that you believe this to be a direct result of a low R value and poorly installed weather stripping.
With this information in mind, your tech can suggest doors that will keep your garage door warmer despite cold air outside.
Final tip: just as new garage doors can help keep your home warm during the winter, these can assist you in staying cool during the summer.