A cold bedroom, bathroom, office, or any other living space above your garage is a common issue many Canadians face due to freezing temperatures and poor insulation.GettyImages-872432676_preview.jpeg?mtime=20180115114854#asset:7183

The reason is simple: Unlike the other rooms in your house, which share most of their walls with adjoining rooms, the walls of the room above your garage are exposed to the outside and as mentioned, usually under-insulated in either the floors, walls, or both.

Fortunately, there are solutions make your increase your room’s temperature and make it a comfortable place to retreat.

Insulate your garage ceiling

 An insulated garage ceiling can minimize heat passing through and reduce the chilling effect of cold air circulating underfoot.

If you’re unsure whether your garage has an insulated ceiling, you can remove a sheet of plywood or cut a small hole in the drywall and look inside. If you want to avoid ripping into your garage’s ceiling, you may prefer insulating the top of the floor of the room above it. Just be prepared that you may lose a couple of inches in ceiling height.

Examine the insulation in your room’s ceiling and walls

Many rooms above garages have insulated ceilings and walls. How adequate they are, however, is another question.

The first thing you need to do is determine if they are insulated or not. Often, a room where new interior walls were erected, or with an attic above it, won’t have insulation. If they don’t, insulation can be blown in or sprayed on. If insulation is present, add more or replace it if it appears to be old and/or thin.

Get a high R-value garage door

 An R-value garage door can significantly reduce heat loss in your garage and the room above it when it’s cold outside (and keep you cooler in the summer).

The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. A value of at least R-11 is recommended for garage doors in Canada.

Add heat alternatives

Plenty of options can make your space feel warm and cozy:

  • Heat registers are great for rooms above the garage—especially those used regularly as a living space. If your space can accommodate this feature, a heat contractor can install these to direct more warmth to the room.
  •  If heat registers are not an option, a space heater is an effective alternative, and will circulate heat throughout the room. Just remember to purchase a CSA approved space heater, and never leave it unattended.
  • In-floor radiant heating can transform your cold room to a pleasant place to unwind and works with a wide range of flooring materials. An electric fireplace can provide efficient heating and add appeal to your space.

Cover your floors and windows

Depending on the kind of room you have above your garage, wall-to-wall carpeting can make your room feel warmer. If your space has a hard-surface floor, such as wood, laminate or tile, use a large, thick area rug to eliminate cold feet.

Heavy drapery can also help keep heat in and reduce chilly drafts. You may want to cover windows with plastic sheeting to create a protective shield between you and the cold air.

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