Home windows and garage door insulation

Home windows and garage door insulation

Posted by Ecostar Insulation on January 10, 2021

Garage door insulation 

If your attached garage has an uninsulated garage door, it’s costing you money in both summer and winter. Temperature fluctuations which more likely happen in garage spaces, cause a loss of energy used from HVAC systems to heat or cool air indoors. Studies from garage door manufacturers show that a garage door insulation with a minimum R-Value of R-18 can keep your garage about 25 degrees cooler in summer and 13 degrees warmer in winter months. To achieve a higher energy-efficient garage insulation system, you should insulate your garage walls and ceiling as well. By performing this action, you will finally seal any wall gaps or cracks to create an airtight space.

Is garage door insulation worth it?

Garage door insulation guarantees maximum thermal efficiency and air infiltration reduction as well. Uninsulated garages attached to the house that share one or more walls with the home itself are more likely to use more energy for heating purposes. In winter, for example, cold air penetrates through the garage to the house, and HVAC systems will have to reheat the air, again and again, causing a shock on the energy bills. Therefore, an energy-efficient insulation system would not be completed without the garage door insulation. Certainly, insulating your garage door might be expensive but this small investment will pay for itself throughout the years.

Garage door insulation benefits

Insulating your home and missing the garage out, is not how you play the game, especially if you use your garage as storage space too. Temperature fluctuations have a negative impact on the items you store in the garage and they can get damaged and deteriorate with the passing of time. Also, if you are willing to use your garage for personal or business purposes, but you don’t have the budget to insulate the entire space, it would be in your best interest to insulate the walls and the ceiling first.

  1. Reduce the Carbon Footprint
  2. Get rid of pests, moisture, and rodents
  3. Everlasting cost-efficient solution
  4. Noise reduction barrier
  5. Stored items remain intact from weather conditions

Window and door insulation

Winter comes with dramatically low temperatures and do not get surprised when this affects your home commodity and stability. Mainly referring to homeowners who for various reasons have yet insulated their home walls, window, and doors – What are you waiting for? According to industry statistics, effectively reducing your home window and door drafts can save 20% and upwards on monthly energy bills. Once again, every effort taken to prevent air leakage is worthy and makes economic sense. When it comes to fixing window and door drafts, effective window caulking and weather-stripping may provide noticeable results immediately. In some other cases, air leakage can be more complicated, and continuous interior wall insulation is always the greatest solution.

Tips and tricks to draft-proof your windows and doors

Whether a new build home or a century-old house guaranteed there will always be a draft. Drafts are more likely to occur in places such: doors, windows, pipes leading outside, attic hatches, and ceiling-to-wall- joints. These uninsulated spaces allow heat transfer from inside to outside and vice versa. Not to mention moisture and little critters too. To draft-proof your home windows and doors yourself and make a little effort to a more energy-efficient home, take a look at the easy ways every homeowner can put into practice.

1. Apply weatherstripping

Difficulty (medium)

An inexpensive yet efficient way to help seal drafty doors and windows are weatherstrips. Choose a type that will withstand temperature changes and weather conditions and is associated with its location.

  • Determine how much weatherstripping you will need for all doors and windows and add 5%-10% to include any waste. 
  • Make sure the surface where weatherstripping will be applied is clean and try.
  • Measure the perimeter that will be weatherstripped twice and make a cut.
  • One continuous strip should be applied snugly along each side.
  • For windows in particular apply weatherstripping between the sash and the frame without interfering with the operation of the window.

2. Install new door sweeps

Difficulty (easy)

Replace your old door sweeps to lower the air transfer process and make your home a more energy-efficient environment. A wood swap that can be painted to be combined with your door color is a good choice but suitable door sweeps can be found at your local store as well. To ensure the door sweep fits perfectly, close the door, measure the door length, and order the needed size. You can pick from heavy-duty, drip-cap and brush type of sweeps, the one that fits your door better. 

3. Re-caulk your doors and windows

Difficulty (easy)

The caulking on doors and windows can degrade over time and may wear or peel away. It is recommended at least every year to re-caulk your door and window frames to prevent water and air from getting in. Apply a layer of caulk both inside and outside the house. To ensure the caulk won’t detach make sure the perimeter is dry and clean.

Insulation systems - A need for your comfort

Straightforward, the above-mentioned methods are far from being called energy-efficient, and the main action you can take to improve your home efficiency including the garage door is insulation. Insulation systems last for ages and guarantee to the homeowners a more comfortable living space and lower energy bills. As a homeowner, it is up to you to choose among many insulation methods the one that fits your home needs at the lowest cost. Keep in mind that home insulation is everlasting and it is an added value to your property. 

Why choose EcoStar?

EcoStar Insulation company has been serving the Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding suburban communities since 2008. Our mission is to provide affordable insulation solutions for all of our customers. For EcoStar, the focus is always on product excellence and superior installation process. We’ll make your home warmer during winter and keep it nice and cool in the summertime. Contact us to get a free estimate! Our team of professionals will advise you to determine what your home insulation is missing and recommend a solution to help make your home a healthier and more comfortable space.

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