Investing in an energy-efficient garage door isn’t an instant payoff, but over time, a penny here and a dime there add up! Over weeks, months, and seasons, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, on your home’s annual operating costs.
In the following post, our team at Precision Garage Door of Delaware & Maryland will go over how an energy-efficient garage door can help you save money.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you can always contact the professionals at Precision directly.
What Contributes to a Garage Door’s Energy Efficiency?
In order to talk about how an energy-efficient garage door can help you save money, we need to understand what elements make a garage door “energy efficient” first. This comes down to a series of choices made by the homeowner (you!) when choosing your next door, including:
- Door material: An energy-efficient garage door material is durable and strong. Steel and composite wood make good insulators, thereby helping conserve energy. Lightweight materials like aluminum and wood are better for climates that don’t experience extreme temperature shifts.
- Insulation: Insulation is probably the most well-known element that contributes to a garage door’s energy efficiency abilities. Choosing one of the above door materials with a double or triple layer of insulation will go a long way toward helping you save money on energy costs.
- Window selection:In general, windows are more energy spenders than they are savers. However, most homeowners still want a garage door with windows for aesthetic or functional reasons, to add a unique design element or to bring light into the garage space. The energy-efficient compromise is to choose windows with low-emissivity coatings.
- Tight seals: A new, professionally installed garage door comes with tight seals and close-fitting hardware that don’t leave any gaps or areas for air to escape.
How These Elements Work Together
An energy-efficient garage door keeps your garage insulated, enclosed, and sealed shut. That means air won’t be constantly flowing in and out through the door, so you can use less heating or air conditioning to reach and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature for your home.
It also means that your garage will be inhabitable all year round (even when it’s bitterly cold or sweltering hot outside), which is key if you use your garage for more than just to store your cars—as a home gym, hangout space, etc.
An energy-efficient garage door’s material, insulation level, window selection, and seals and hardware allow you to quickly recoup the cost of a new door and continue to save in the long run.
Interested in learning more? Check out these additional benefits of an energy-efficient garage door.
Or, if you’re ready to lay the blueprint for your new, energy-efficient door and garage space, get started by choosing a style and design that’ll fit your vision while helping your family save money. Configure your perfect door today when you download our Total Garage Door Buying Guide.