The average 16 x 7 ft garage door weighs 160 pounds. Lifting and lowering the garage door multiple times a day requires a tremendous amount of energy. A garage door opener utilizes that energy to move them effortlessly. Thus, when an opener lifts the door, it affects your energy bills.
But there are other issues you can address when it comes to garage door efficiency. Below, we outline some ways to make your door more efficient.
If you need garage door service, contact us today. We can help you install a new energy-efficient garage door for your home.
3 Characteristics of an Energy-Efficient Door
For a door to be considered efficient, it needs three things:
● Wood End Blocks: End blocks are essential components that improve insulation. Many options have steel end blocks, but this causes an issue called thermal bridging, Wood end blocks do not transfer heat. They keep the inside of your garage door cool while blocking the temperature outside.
● Weatherstripping: Weatherstripping is the material on the side and top of the inside and outside of garage doors. PVC is the material that companies install for weatherstripping Durable weather seals contain thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) or high-grade PVC, which holds up in more extreme temperatures.
● Non-Heat Transferring Door Joints: PVC joints block thermal transference and reduce the conduction of heat. We install PVC joints to optimize your garage door insulation.
Install an Adequate Door Opener
If you hire a Garage Door Repair Co. technician to perform a garage door replacement, you’ll want to consider removing the entire system and starting all over.
New garage doors come with their own set of specifications for maximizing their use. If you integrate a new door into an old system, your old opener will have to work twice as hard to open the door.
The best option is to invest in a new opener that can handle the weight of the door without sucking the energy out of your home.
How much horsepower do you need to open and close the garage door?
A ⅓ HP garage door opener can lift any garage door as long as the garage door. We will balance the garage door and distribute the weight evenly. ⅓ HP garage doors are ideal for a single garage door that does not exceed 160 pounds.
A ½ HPr garage door opener can open single and double garage doors with an average weight of 150 to 160 pounds. We will also need to ensure that the door is properly balanced with an even distribution of weight across the door. ½ HP garage door openers are more durable than ⅓ HP doors and may last twice as long.
A ¾ HP garage door can open heavy garage doors that exceed 160 pounds. An example of a heavier door is one that contains natural wood or heavy steel. We recommend a ¾ HP opener for lighter garage doors as well. It will last a long time, and you never have to worry about it wearing out and utilizing more energy.
The rule of thumb is this: The more energy a door has to use to open a garage door, the more you have to pay in energy bills. While a ¾ HP garage door produces more power, it may not utilize more energy to get the job done.
Call Garage Door Repair Co. Today for Garage Door Repair and Installation
If you are looking for an energy-efficient garage door to install in your home, contact Garage Door Repair Co. We provide repair, installation, and maintenance for all types of garage doors.
To schedule service in St. Paul, call us today at 612-886-9606.