Is Insulating Your Garage Worth the Money?
Energy costs are skyrocketing, so saving money on your bills any way that you can is definitely a “good thing”. Whether you live in an exceptionally warm or cold climate or merely somewhere that has hot and cold seasons, insulating your garage and garage door can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your home energy bills. The garage is one place that your investment in insulation can really be worth it.
That said, you need to be aware that insulating your garage alone will not make it warmer, but it will allow it to retain the heat that is already in the space. If you’re using your garage as an extra space for your home and rarely open it to the super-cold outside air, then taking the time and money to insulate can be a great investment. Unfortunately, every time you open your large garage door, you will be recycling any heated air in just a few moments, meaning that you’ll need to find a way to keep your garage heated and toasty every time you open the door and let all the warm air out.
Garage as Living Space
Creating a living space out of your garage can be relatively easy as long as you insulate the ceiling, walls and garage door. Depending on how large your garage is, you’ll need to set aside around $1,500 for insulation and if you’re spending a fair amount of time in your garage it will be worth it for the extra warmth. Buying a new insulated garage door is also an option, but it can be nearly twice the cost of just insulating your current door, although it will provide a higher level of insulation and warmth. If you need to create a true living space for someone, you will want to go with the warmest option possible, as your garage can still tend to be drafty.
Creating a barrier to the cold in your garage can often be as simple as checking around the bottom of your garage door and ensuring that there is a good seal. Adding weather stripping where the door makes contact with the ground, you’ll want to assure that the seal is airtight and use expanding foam to fill in all the gaps. This simple step can cost as little as only $100, and will really cut down on the drafts that enter your garage, especially if you live in a very cold climate. Every little bit of insulation makes a difference, especially if you live somewhere that has an average high temperature of 10 degrees!
There are lots of good ways to add insulation to your garage, that will add value to your home as well as provide you with a lot of extra usable space in your home. By using these few simple tips, you will be able to have a nice, toasty warm area in your garage that will be available for a variety of uses.