Most people do what they can to make their homes energy-efficient. But do you ever think about the energy efficiency of your garage? Is it pleasant to work in your garage, or do you find yourself shivering from the cold? Does a portable heater help, or does the warm air just seem to disappear? Okay, that's it for the questions! Here are several simple things you can do to make your garage more energy-efficient and save some money on your energy bills at the same time.
Check for Leaks and Seal Them
I suggest you take a few minutes to run your hand around the edges of the windows as well as the door you use to enter your garage. If you feel air blowing on your fingers, it means you have some leaks! Sealing these leaks can help make your garage more energy-efficient. One idea is to apply weather-stripping around the border of your door and windows. After you finish your work, try putting your fingers near the door frame and windows again to see if you cut off the flow of air. Another place to look for leaks is where the wall meets the garage floor. You may want to caulk this area with a caulk gun if you feel air leaking into the structure. Be sure that you purchase enough caulk to complete the entire project.
Insulate Your Garage Door
An automatic garage door can be the source of a lot of leaks. If this is the case with your garage door, you may consider putting in insulation to prevent leaks. You can purchase an insulation kit that includes a roll of insulation, tape, and even gloves. Of course, I suggest you read all of the instructions before starting the project. Leaks can also occur around electrical outlets in your garage. Once again, try putting your hand near the outlet to test for a leak. If you do have leaks around your electrical outlets, you can put some insulation around the outlet to stop the flow of air. You can also buy insulated outlet covers to install in your garage. A light switch can also be the source of a leak. Insulation can help to stop a leak of that kind as well.
Maintain Your Garage Door
Take a close look at your garage door. A garage door should have a rubber strip covering its bottom edge. The rubber strip or seal is supposed to sit evenly on the garage floor when the door is closed. If you notice a gap between the floor and the bottom of the garage door, you know that air is entering the structure. An automatic garage door can be knocked out of alignment for any number of reasons. It's a wise idea to call a garage door repair person to get the door back into alignment and close the gap. If the garage door has windows, you may want to check them for leaks as well.
Whether you've turned your garage into an awesome man cave or it's just the place where you park your car, you can make it energy-efficient. Thanks for reading! - Alan