Selecting and installing energy-efficient doors for your home will help reduce your electric bill. Your rooms will stay at a more comfortable temperature without putting as much strain on the AC or heating system. A new door can be pricey, but it’s a smart investment. Here are some things to know about a more energy-efficient front door.
To make a more energy-efficient entryway, installing a new door is one of the best options. Other improvements, such as adding weather-stripping around the door, are easy and inexpensive.
What Kind of Door Should You Choose?
There are a few types of entryway doors you can choose from – wood, steel, vinyl, and fiberglass. If energy conservation is your most important concern, the best option is a steel door that’s wrapped in wood. This type offers the classic look of wood but provides maximum insulation. Another great option for energy efficiency is a steel door with a core of polyurethane foam. Both types offer premium insulating abilities.
The higher the R-value of a material, the more efficient it is. When you’re buying a new entryway door, make sure you take the R-value into account. Different materials have different ratings, and understanding these ratings is helpful when choosing a door.
If you have a door with glass panels, glass doors, or even decorative glass on your door, a lot of heat can escape through the glass. Low-E glass has a coating of a material that reflects heat. Using Low-E glass in a door means the glass repels UV rays in the summer, keeping the home cooler.
The better insulated the glass, the more comfortable your room temperature. If everything else in your house is designed to conserve heat but your door has glass, consider having the glass replaced with Low-E glass or purchase a new, more energy-efficient door.
Weather-Stripping for Energy-Efficient Doors
Just as important as the door itself is the area around the door. Heated indoor air doesn’t escape by passing through the door, it escapes through the gaps under the door or around the frame. As a rule of thumb, if you can slide a piece of paper from inside the house to the outside with the door closed, you have an air and energy leak.
Weather-stripping seals these gaps to make sure heated or cooled air does not escape to the outside. Weather-stripping is inexpensive and can have a more impactful effect on your home’s energy efficiency than even replacing the door. This is an easy DIY project using supplies found at your local home improvement store.
Choosing, ordering, installing, and sealing your door can take several weeks, especially if you have the door custom-made. The time and money will pay off in utility savings in the future. You’ll also help to reduce your environmental footprint by using less energy in your home.
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