While your labor costs may be your biggest expense, your operational budget probably runs a close second. A significant chunk of your operating expenses is your utility bill, so it’s crucial to keep utility costs under control by improving energy efficiency in your operation.

One of the best ways to improve temperature control in your facility is with your commercial garage door installation. If part of your operation involves large, drafty industrial garages and warehouses, you likely are paying for a significant energy drain, particularly if they are overhead doors and are opened and closed frequently throughout the day.

Here are some tips that can help you cut down your expenses and boost savings in the garage area of your facilities:

Ditch Windows

Windows are great for letting in light and improving aesthetics, but they can be an energy drain, both in winter and summer. In summer, the sun may shine in intensely, driving up the air conditioning bill; in winter, you may have energy leaks unless the windows are tightly sealed. If you’re building a new structure or you’re replacing a garage door with windows, consider leaving windows out of your new door installation.

Older Buildings May Leave Gaps in Your Garage Door Install

Most older structures with commercial garage doors lose energy through structural gaps. The door may be dented, rusted or just not sitting right in the tracks so that it forms a seal when closed. If you need a commercial garage door repair, have the door inspected and see if the gaps can be eliminated.

Avoid Keeping the Door Open

Perhaps you keep the door open to cut down on the number of times you open and close it each day. While this may make your door last longer, it won’t do much for energy efficiency. But, if keeping the door open for long periods of time is absolutely necessary, consider an air curtain made of thick, flexible plastic strips to create a barrier even when the door is open.

Replacing Your Doors Weather Stripping Is Cheap and Easy

Weather stripping doesn’t last forever. Check it every year and replace it as necessary if there are gaps that let unconditioned air inside or conditioned air outside in your warehouse or garage.

Schedule Regular Door Maintenance

Have your garage doors inspected regularly so an expert can advise you on repairs and replacements you need to make your doors last longer and to boost your energy efficiency.

Invest in Insulated Doors

If it’s time for a door replacement, consider an insulated door. Over time, these doors pay for themselves by lowering your energy bill. Polyurethane foam-injected steel doors, for instance, contribute to cost savings and energy efficiency for a facility exposed to summer and winter temperatures. There are also other options for garage door material.

Wood, fiberglass, and composite garage doors can all be made more energy-efficient by adding insulation. Wood doors can be insulated with foam or fiberglass, while fiberglass and composite doors are insulated with foam. Adding insulation improves the ability of these to regulate temperature. You can freely choose between the classic look of wood, the durability of fiberglass or the versatility of composite doors. This helps keep your garage comfortable while conserving energy and reducing costs.

Garage Door Installations That Are Insulated And Light

High-performance garage doors are installed in more energy-efficient operations. They are engineered to be lightweight and well insulated. This only makes them easier to lift manually if necessary but also reduces the strain on the door opener. Pairing these doors with a lower power opener is a wise choice. A lower power opener is specifically designed to work with lightweight garage doors, consuming less electricity during each open-and-close cycle. This not only reduces energy consumption but also extends the lifespan of the garage door opener by reducing wear and tear. Most of the door’s weight will only be the insulation.

Installing lighter garage doors and lower power openers into your facility is a great investment in energy savings. It creates a controlled environment while reducing the energy needed for the garage door’s operation. This combination enhances the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of your facility’s garage area.

Contact a Professional for A Consultation

As with any large purchase you make for your business, you don’t want to go in blind and accidentally purchase something that is going to cost you more in the long run. And when replacing points of entry like overhead garage doors, exterior fiberglass doors or steel security doors, it’s often better to spend the extra money for the reinforced hardware, insulated cores, automation customizations, etc.; it saves you money down the road. Speak to a professional from a commercial door installation and repair company before you order a new commercial garage door so you can be sure you’ve got your bases covered.