The right garage door for your home can help you save on electric and heating bills, reduce your energy waste and help the environment. This is an essential part of optimizing your home’s energy efficiency and keeping the temperature in your house stable.
Because your garage door is likely the largest opening of your house, it plays a huge role in the thermal efficiency of your home. Garage door manufacturers often use the term R-value to denote a door’s insulation capabilities. The higher the R-value number, the better the insulation properties. If your garage is attached to your home, you want as high of an R-value as you can get as it will have a direct impact on your home’s energy efficiency.
Team Taylor Doors can help you choose the garage door that’s right for your situation. We can show you a variety of options that cover a range of prices. We can consult with you on the correct R-value for your door.
The material of course affects the aesthetic or curb appeal of your home, but it also plays a significant role in its overall energy efficiency.
Here are some garage door materials to consider for lowering your heating bill:
• Steel. On its own, steel does little to protect against the cold. But you can choose a steel garage door that is insulated and ideal for maximizing energy efficiency.
• Wood. Like steel, the material itself may not provide much protection. But insulated options are available to allow you the beauty of natural wood with the durability and element protection of insulated steel.
• Vinyl. The right vinyl door can allow for excellent thermal efficiency while giving you a maintenance-free finish.
Beyond your door’s material, you need to guard against other opportunities for cold air to make its way into your garage and then the house.
Gaps between your garage door and walls or floor can result in air leakage. Air leakage renders even the best-insulated doors useless in terms of energy efficiency. Team Taylor’s expert installers will be sure that your door has the correct fitting seals, weatherstrips, and hardware to prevent energy loss.
Windows on garage doors may be attractive and allow for nice sunlight, but they also can be a source of energy inefficiency. Windows can be coated or glazed to decrease the loss of heat.
The same thermal efficiency factors that can lower your heating bill in the winter can of course reduce your air conditioning costs in the summer. The correct garage door pays off year-round.
Choosing the right garage door can make a huge difference in your energy bills. Team Taylor Doors can guide you through a host of options and can answer whatever questions you might have.
Remember, we’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need. We’ll give you our honest, expert advice on the best solution to your garage door issues. If you’re trying to reduce your heating bills this winter, we can help.
Contact Team Taylor Doors today.