Who likes electric bills? As more people consider the benefits of a green home, the incentive to reduce their environmental footprint is matched by a desire to reduce their monthly spend to the electric company. The good news is you can do both quite easily with an energy efficient garage door.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence about installing a new garage door, consider this: You can reduce your environmental footprint and do your part to save the earth while slashing your electric bill at the same time. How cool is that?
How a New Garage Door Slashes Energy Costs
There are numerous upgrades to consider to reduce your environmental footprint. A better insulated garage door is a perfect example. You might think that living in the warm weather of Sacramento, California this wouldn’t be a concern. But keep in mind that an insulated door keeps the hot air out as well, so your air conditioner has to do less work during the summer.
Another way a new door decreases your electric spend is if you install a smart garage door opener that has geofencing technology. This technology can automatically kick your heating or air conditioning on when your vehicle gets within a certain range. You’ll spend less heating or cooling your house because your systems don’t have to be on when you aren’t home.
Insulation Options: What is R-factor?
When it comes to insulation, the most effective materials are polystyrene and polyurethane. Insulation will vary naturally on the amount and quality of insulation in a garage door. This is measured by R-factor — an imperial measurement of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. R-factor measures of resistance to the flow of heat. It indicates the energy efficiency of your garage door.
If you are using your garage to store your car, an R-factor of 10 is sufficient. If you use your garage as a living space, perhaps as a yoga studio or meditation center, then you probably want an R-factor of at least 16.
If you live in a particularly hot area like Sacramento, California, you might want to consider installing a garage door with an R-factor of at least 12 to 16 to ensure superior insulation.
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We do garage door insulation in the Greater Sacramento area, including Davis, Gold River, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Roseville, Fair Oaks, Arden Arcade, Carmichael, and Citrus Heights.