Have you made a significant investment to turn your garage into much more than just a place to park your car? Do you like to use your garage as a fun, hangout area for friends and family? If so, it pays to consider how you can make your garage more energy efficient!
When you begin to use your garage for recreational purposes, the first issue you’ll most likely face will be maintaining a comfortable temperature in that space. While a space heater will help to warm the space up temporarily, it will ultimately fail when it comes to keeping the space warm over a longer period of time.
If you’re including a through vetting of your garage’s energy efficiency in your long list of spring cleaning tasks this year, you should be sure to consider the following recommendations for making your garage more energy efficient:
Rolling the proper insulation between your garage walls is a great first step towards keeping warm air in and cool air out. Be sure to discuss the R-value with an attendant when purchasing insulation, just to be sure you’re getting a material that will meet your needs.
It can also be beneficial to insulate your garage door. To do so, you can either purchase an insulation kit that allows you to work with your existing garage door, or you can choose to buy a new, insulated garage door altogether. Unless your existing garage door is in terrible shape, the insulation kit will most likely be the more cost-effective alternative.
Lastly on the insulation side of things, you should also consider insulating outlets and light switches. Outlet, or switch, foam gaskets should be used to seal these tiny escape hatches for both heat and carbon monoxide.
An oft-forgotten area where heat can escape from your garage is the space between your garage walls and the floor. Small cracks here can result in latent heat loss. By utilizing a foam sealant or a latex/silicone based caulk, you’ll be able to effectively seal these cracks to prevent heat loss.
The door that connects your garage to the rest of your home should also be sealed properly to prevent unwanted heat transfer. Weather stripping around the doorframe, installing a draft stopper along the bottom edge of the door, and caulking any leaks along the trim of both sides the door should be enough to keep the heat in your garage.
When it comes to electrical efficiency, the type of light bulbs you’re using can make a huge difference. You’ll benefit from installing CFL or LED lights in your garage. LED bulbs typically use only 12 watts of electricity to create the same amount of lumens as a regular 60-watt bulb. CFLs use only 15 watts.
Many garages don’t have windows, but if yours does, you might benefit from replacing your existing windows with more energy efficient alternatives. When selecting new windows, be careful to look for Energy Star certified options.
If improving the energy efficiency of your garage is one of your top priorities this spring, you might need a bit of assistance to make your vision a reality. If you’re looking for custom garage storage solutions that help to make your garage more energy efficient, please don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Perfect Fit Garages today!