Archive for September, 2010

Garage door insulation can be an efficient and inexpensive way to keep both the summer heat and the winter cold outside where they belong. Effective insulation will block heat as it attempts to enter your garage during the hot months and keep heat from escaping in the winter.

Does your garage get hot and stuffy in the summer and freezing cold in the winter? If so, have you thought about garage door insulation? It can be an efficient and inexpensive way to keep both the summer heat and the winter cold outside where they belong. Effective insulation will block heat as it attempts to enter your garage during the hot months and keep heat from escaping in the winter.

If you use your garage for storage, car repair, or as a tool shop, you probably spend a considerable amount of time out there. Because most garages are not insulated, you probably have a portable heater or two in your garage. With garage door insulation, you can not only heat your garage more efficiently, you’ll also save on your heating bills, because you won’t be wasting energy to heat air that’s simply escaping outside.

The best, as well as the least expensive, way to insulate your garage door is with radiant barrier insulation, which is considerably thinner than other materials and reflects heat more effectively than many other forms of insulation. If you’ve ever used one of those emergency “space” blankets to stay warm, you know how well this type of insulation can work.You can buy radiant barrier garage door insulation in a kit that includes a roll of double bubble foil insulation that’s sized to fit either a single or double garage door, a roll of double-sided tape, and installation instructions.

Double bubble radiant foil generally has sheet of highly reflective 99% pure aluminum foil on the outside and a double layer of polyethylene bubbles on the inside. You can also buy single bubble insulation, which has only one layer of bubbles between the sheets of aluminum, but for garage door insulation, the double layer is your best bet to keep you comfortable and save you money on your utility bills.

Does your garage get hot and stuffy in the summer and freezing cold in the winter? If so, have you thought about garage door insulation? It can be an efficient and inexpensive way to keep both the summer heat and the winter cold outside where they belong. Effective insulation will block heat as it attempts to enter your garage during the hot months and keep heat from escaping in the winter.

If you use your garage for storage, car repair, or as a tool shop, you probably spend a considerable amount of time out there. Because most garages are not insulated, you probably have a portable heater or two in your garage. With garage door insulation, you can not only heat your garage more efficiently, you’ll also save on your heating bills, because you won’t be wasting energy to heat air that’s simply escaping outside.

The best, as well as the least expensive, way to insulate your garage door is with radiant barrier insulation, which is considerably thinner than other materials and reflects heat more effectively than many other forms of insulation. If you’ve ever used one of those emergency “space” blankets to stay warm, you know how well this type of insulation can work.
You can buy radiant barrier garage door insulation in a kit that includes a roll of double bubble foil insulation that’s sized to fit either a single or double garage door, a roll of double-sided tape, and installation instructions.

Double bubble radiant foil generally has sheet of highly reflective 99% pure aluminum foil on the outside and a double layer of polyethylene bubbles on the inside. You can also buy single bubble insulation, which has only one layer of bubbles between the sheets of aluminum, but for garage door insulation, the double layer is your best bet to keep you comfortable and save you money on your utility bills.

In many parts of the country, the pressing heat of summer has started to subside.  While the weather hasn’t turned cool yet, it’s at least bearable to spend time outside.  Don’t let the weather (or those windows you’re now able to open) change lull you into being comfortable with the state of your home’s energy efficiency.  We all know that Fall and Winter are inevitable.

Now’s the time to plan your energy checks so that you still have time to implement changes before the fierce weather kicks in.  Here are some ideas to improve your home’s comfort this season:

  • Start with the quick fixes, including windows and doors.  Do they fit well and close easily?  Do you feel air escaping?
  • Clean the coils of your refrigerator and freezer.  A build-up of dust keeps the appliance from operating at its fullest.
  • Cover any window air conditioning units tightly with plastic to prevent cold air from rushing inside.
  • Consider installing a radiant barrier into your attic on top of existing insulation.

You may have heard of some of these ideas before.  Radiant barrier may have the most significant impact on your energy bill, so don’t overlook the value a small investment now will bring you over the lifetime of home ownership.

Radiant barrier, also called reflective foil insulation, serves as a barrier to block the transfer of radiant heat from one place to another.  When placed along the floor joists in your attic, perforated radiant barrier will reflect the heated air from your living space (which rises into the attic) back down to prevent escape through the attic.  The result is a more comfortable home at a lower thermostat setting, and lower electric bills.

I found this article about attic insulation that provides more detail.  Take a look.