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How to Warm Up the Inside of a Cold Garage

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A cold garage is fairly common in winter and fall, with the colder months bringing in lower temperatures for your home. Homeowners often respond to this change in weather by turning up the heater, but this solution is less than ideal if you have a garage that is not properly insulated. The heat often leaks out over time, wasting energy and driving up the energy bill.

Instead, here are some simple steps you can take to fix a variety of problems that cause the heat to be lost in the first place. All you need is a few tools and some free time.

Seal Any Openings

The first thing that you should do is examine your garage for any gaps in the walls or other surfaces. These gaps allow cold air to flow into the garage, which greatly accelerates the rate at which your home loses heat. This is the most common problem in normal garages, and it can be the most time-consuming to fix if the damage is widespread, so it’s the best place to start.

You should look throughout your garage for these gaps, but pay special attention to the walls and where any two materials meet. Look at places where door or window frames meet the wall, or where brick structures merge into wooden ones. These areas are the most prone to problems.

Once you have found all of the gaps and verified that there is a gap, apply a layer of caulk to seal them. Be sure to cover all of the gaps. If you look at the wall and aren’t sure if a gap or crack is there or not, err on the side of caution and apply the caulk. If you think that you are missing places, you can simply apply a layer over all the joints between two different materials to make sure that you get everything.

Check the Windows

Windows generally have less insulation than the walls, so your garage will naturally lose heat through them over time. You can make sure that the process happens as slowly as possible by replacing any windows that are damaged. Any sort of crack in the glass can cause heat loss, so take a look at the frame to make sure that the window can close completely.

If you do need to replace the windows, you should consider insulated or energy-efficient models. These will help to preserve even more heat by slowing the rate at which it leaves the home. There are a lot of different types available on the market today, so it’s wise to get professional help when picking them out.

Improve the Doors

Garage doors themselves are the final piece in the puzzle. They’re quite large, so leaving a door without insulation is almost as bad as leaving a wall without any insulation in your home. If you are still having problems after you have fixed all of the gaps and crevices in your garage, replace your doors with weather-proofed and insulated versions. We offer a variety of insulated doors called Thermacore, which provide a modern look with the convenience of insulation.

Replacing an outdated garage door with a newer model is often enough to reduce the excess spread of cold to your home. The new insulation will make sure that very little heat can escape through them, as long as the doors close properly and do not leave any major gaps when they are shut. You just have to remember to keep the door closed, and your garage will retain its heat.

A Warmer Home Begins With A Warm Garage

The garage is often among the first areas to be overlooked, but ensuring that it’s sealed correctly will help keep your home’s temperature through winter or summer at a comfortable level. Contact us today and experience the benefit of a new garage door!

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