Insulating your garage during winter will not only lower your energy bills, but it will also provide you usable space all year round and protect any equipment you have stored in there, even when outdoor temperatures get frighteningly low. A garage that gets too cold will bring temperatures down in the entire home and probably damage your car and tools, causing unnecessary hassle and costs when the snow starts falling.
A simple way around this is to prepare your garage for the cold weather, creating a warm and moisture-free environment for you to enjoy and work in all winter long. Here is a look of simple ways to winterize your garage.
Fix or replace the weatherstripping
One of the main causes of dropping temperatures inside your garage during winter is cold air seeping through the spaces between your garage door and frame. This area is usually sealed by a weatherstripping, but this can become brittle and cracked over time, finally allowing freezing air to make its way into your garage.
Replacing your weatherstripping before or during winter can keep your garage dry and warm, protecting your car and stored tools from the harsh elements. You should also check for and seal holes and cracks in other areas, especially around the electrical outlets and dryer vents.
Install a heating unit
Installing an electric or gas-fired heater can be a great way to keep temperatures inside your garage ideal throughout winter. Fixing broken or cracked windowpanes and replacing a cracked weatherstripping will keep moisture and cold air at bay, but it will not keep your garage toasty warm for you.
A heater will help provide usable workspace for you and your family, while also protecting delicate items such as paints, fuel gels and other valuables stored in the garage that would otherwise get ruined if exposed to extremely low temperatures.
Fix up the garage door
Weather stripping you garage door is the most effective ways of keeping cold air out. You can hire an expert, like those at Garbers Of Richmond Inc, to help winterize your door or do it yourself using foam boards, convex rubber door stripping, fiberglass batting and other insulation options that your local garage door repair expert may recommend.
If insulation does not effectively keep the cold air and moisture out, you can talk to your garage door service company about replacing it with a modern, insulated design. You should also insulate your garage walls so as to prevent the escape of precious warm air and keep the garage warm and cozy through winter.