A common perception home owners have towards their garage is that it’s an outdoor extension rather than an extension to the primary structure. This should not be the case. Attached garages must receive the same level of attention and care as any other room in the main house. The better you look after this part of your home, the more functional it will become and the less carbon footprint it will generate.
As early as now, you can prepare your garage for upgrades that won’t necessarily break the bank but will have major benefits on your overall energy consumption.
Here are just a few things that can transform this attachment into a greener, more energy-efficient structure:
Insulate and sound-proof the walls
Many older homes (and even the newer ones) in NZ do not come with insulated garage walls. While your garage may have some standard siding and radiant sheathing, it most likely does not have insulation and cladding.
Applying insulating materials and upgrading your garage cladding helps you keep heat losses (during winter season) and heat gains (in the summer season) at bay. It also boosts the sound-proofing of the garage.
Seal those gaps between walls and floors
All the gaps between the areas where the walls meet the floors contribute to unnecessary and unwanted drafts and heat gains.
Without proper compressible foam inserted between the walls’ lower framing and floor, outside air can leak in, bringing either hot or chilly air into the room. Filling the gaps with high-quality sealants or caulking helps keep the climate in your garage at a comfortable level. This allows you to work on your car or any other project without the unnecessary heat or cold.
These are just some of the best ways to enhance your garage’s functionalities and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency. While many more tips can be added to the list, these are great places to start.