You’re no doubt familiar with that blast of hot, humid air as you walk into your garage. Garages have a way of trapping heat. For those of us with attached garages, the trapped heat represents a utility bill nightmare. Trapped heat resting against the interior wall can increase your cooling bill significantly. Just like you take the time to make your home greener, consider making your garage greener as well. Here are a few tips to help you transform your garage from an energy sinkhole to an energy conserving extension of your home.


  • Update your lighting. While you may not spend much time in your garage, replacing your light bulbs with energy efficient LED or CFL options will help you save on your electric bill. Additionally, these light bulbs often produce less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs, and while the temperature change may not seem significant, every little bit helps.
  • Insulate your garage. Without proper insulation, your garage door won’t do much to keep the heat out during the summer. Replacing your older door with a new, highly insulated variety will help. However, if replacement is not an option, look for areas where weather stripping and caulking may need replacement. Patching those cracks can go a long way to lowering the temperature of your garage.
  • Ventilation matters. In Sarasota, summers are incredibly warm and when this warm air becomes trapped in your garage, it can become unbearable. Adding an exhaust fan will help circulate the air in your garage, keeping the buildup of heat at a minimum while also ridding the room of harmful fumes from your car’s exhaust.

Treating your garage as another room of your house will help reduce the buildup of heat as well as minimize the amount of heat transferred into your home. If you’re looking for help with garage door maintenance or wish to install a new, highly insulated garage door, contact the experts at Lifetime Garage Doors. We’re here to help you make the most out of your garage!