This guest post is by Dan Joleys of www.sectionalgaragedoorsonline.co.uk.
As the price of energy continues to rise year on year, homeowners who are fed up of feeling the squeeze on their bank balances are continually looking at new ways to make the home more energy efficient.
With many methods and products now available to choose from including installing loft insulation and double glazing to older properties to state of the art solar panels or ground source heat pumps for newer properties, there is sure to be a solution to meet the demands and budgets of every householder.
However, one main factor that most people do not consider when making these home improvements is that in properties with a garage adjoined to the house, unless an insulated garage door is installed, much of their effort to save money is done in vain.
For years, homes where a bedroom or living space is located directly over the garage have suffered the problem of that room being much cooler and more difficult to heat than the rest of the house. This is because cold air is able to penetrate through the material of a traditional garage door very easily therefore making the garage space very cold.
As this cold air builds inside the space, it rises and penetrates through the floor of the living space therefore dramatically reducing its temperature. With the only solution being to turn the heating up a little, the cost of running the system increases therefore leading to increased utility bills.
By selecting to remove the old door panel and install a much more thermally efficient insulated garage door, the largest thermal break in the home will be closed off to the elements. This is because the dense foam filled insulated core and 2 skins of door panel combine to produce a garage door that can achieve a U value of 1w/m2K.
With most energy efficient doors being either 42mm thick insulated sectional garage doors or thinner 18mm roller shutter garage doors, these 2 door types offer many other benefits to the homeowner in terms of their usability and range of designs and sizes etc.
In addition to the insulation in the panel construction, both door types fit to the inside of the garage space allowing the door panel to span past the opening therefore reducing the effect of cold bridging. Where the door meets the side of the opening, the frame features a rubber seal or brush strip that prevents draughts passing round the door panel and entering the garage. To prevent cool air entering at the bottom of the doors, a thick heavy duty rubber seal is installed that compresses as the door panel closes to form a tight seal with the floor.
Costing not much more than the price of a new television, an insulated garage door will lead to long term savings off household energy bills. Finally, when combined with other energy efficient products around the home will produce a home that is far less expensive to run than in previous years.
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