When it’s cold outside and the roads are covered with snow and the temperature is continuously dropping, it becomes important that you keep every nook and cranny of your house warm and cosy. In such instances, keeping your log or wooden garage warm also becomes extremely important, especially when you use your wooden garage for a multitude of purposes (for more information about wooden garages click here).
In areas where temperature gets really low, it often becomes difficult to keep a wooden garage warm. If you have been struggling to keep your log cabin warm and cosy, and you have been failing in your efforts, then worry not, here are few really effective and successful ways that can help you keep your wooden garage warm and comfortable.
Close and seal all windows: Primarily and most importantly you should inspect all the windows in your log cabin to ensure they are properly shut. Then, lock the windows to prevent additional air from passing through. Also try to find out if there are any openings between the walls and windows. To find out about any gaps or openings you can stand near the window and use your hand to feel whether any cold air is still entering the house. If it is, there may be insufficient caulking surrounding the window or insufficient weather stripping. You can inspect the exterior edges of the window to find out if caulk should be applied. If you find it hard to find whether or not caulk is needed, then you can get in contact with a window installation company to inspect the area for you. You can also add weather stripping to your windows. A weather strip is generally a self-adhesive material that is directly applied to the window, or you can also apply a plastic seal window kit. The main aim of using these methods is to ensure that there is no way air can pass through. Furthermore, if you are considering getting a new wooden garage this winter then you don’t have to worry about any of these things because manufacturers now present you with log cabins that have double-glazed windows installed already. Double-glazed windows are energy efficient and help you keep your cabin warmer and quieter.
Thermal or insulated curtains: Irrespective of what option you choose related to your windows, you can consider using insulated or thermal curtains to prevent warm air from leaving your wooden garage. These curtains are specifically designed to keep warmth in and cold out. These curtains can also help prevent air conditioning from escaping the log cabin. Additionally, the curtains look pretty just like any other types of curtain. Depending on the level of durability, insulation and aesthetic design, the price range may vary.
Close and seal all doors: As with the windows, ensure all doors are properly closed. Run your hand across the bottom and up the sides of the door to find out whether any of them are letting air through. If air is being let through, you should consider changing the weather stripping. The second line of defence against freezing garages is insulation. Strategically, adding insulation to the panels on the inside of the log cabin is a reliable way to keep your heating costs down in the winters. For a warm garage, you need to add small insulation panels in the gaps of the garage doors. In order to cover the horizontal panel, install insulation on the top. Or you can also put a folded towel/blanket/runner at the bottom of the door to prevent air from passing through. However, this technique may not be as effective as the others we have discussed here. Thankfully, the wooden garages now available on the market have the finest quality reinforced garage doors included. These doors also help protect your home in high winds.
Electrical underfloor heating: An electrical underfloor heating system not only provides warmth to you on the floor, but it helps in creating a cosy and warm atmosphere in the wooden garage. A number of floor heating systems are available. You can look at the options and pick one that can best help you meet your requirements. Apart from electrical underfloor heating system, many more different types of heating systems are also available, like air heating systems and hydraulic heating systems. As the name suggests, in a hydraulic heating system hot water is circulated through the tubes which helps in keeping the surroundings warm. On the other hand, in air heating systems warm air is circulated through tubes. Both these heating systems are very effective and reasonable.
Portable/space heaters: Generally portable heaters take a few minutes to start emitting heat, but once they start they are capable of heating up an entire log cabin. Depending on the size of wooden carport you should choose a heater capable of producing enough heat for the area. As portable heaters are equipped with wheels and are light in weight you can easily move them from one place to another.
Insulation: Without a doubt insulation provides the greatest protection from cold air. However, it is also one of the costlier ways of keeping your timber garage warm during winters. It is up to you to decide whether the initial cost is worth the long term benefit in reduced heating costs throughout the years. Mostly, there are two types of insulation ‒ fibreglass insulation and spray foam insulation. The classic fibreglass insulation is extremely popular and is also more pocket friendly. It helps in keeping cold air out and warm air in.
A fireplace: Fireplaces, also referred to as fire baskets, are the most common way to keep your residential log cabin warm in winter. In addition, they add a nice touch to the décor of any cabin. A fireplace can increase the elegance and beauty of your cabin, and are also available in an assortment of styles and types. A gas fireplace is considered cleaner than wood or some other types. More modern gas fireplaces also let you adjust the heat and flames. But, still traditional log fires are very popular.
So, there you have some very effective and pocket friendly ways to keep your wooden garage warm during the cold season.