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; it’s crucial to keep utility expenses under control by improving energy efficiency in your operation.

One of the best ways to do that 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 the doors 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, 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 doing away with windows.

Close Up the Gaps

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.

Replace Weather Stripping

Weather stripping doesn’t last forever. Check it every year and replace it as necessary in 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 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 contribute to cost savings and energy efficiency for a facility exposed to summer and winter temperatures.