There’s no question that doors can add to the beauty of a home, especially wooden doors. While many builders and homeowners are drawn to wood doors because they can be so beautiful, they are not as energy-efficient as fiberglass and insulated steel doors.
Believe it or not, the exterior doors of a home can significantly contribute to air leakage. Such doors can waste energy and increase electricity costs, especially if the doors are installed incorrectly, uninsulated, old, or not properly air sealed. However, one of the things that help reduce energy losses from air leakage is weather-stripping.
Upgraded to New Exterior Doors
Are your exterior doors old or even original? If you haven’t a clue as to the actual age of your exterior doors, it may be time to upgrade to new models, ones that insulate better than older versions. When homeowners replace their old doors with new, energy-efficient models, they’re usually making a smart investment, which drives down the costs of their heating and cooling year-round.
If you wish to build a brand-new home, you should consider investing in the most energy-efficient doors on the market. “When selecting doors for energy efficiency, it’s important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to the local climate and your home’s design. This will help narrow your selection,” according to energy.gov.
“Which types of doors lose the most heat?” The doors that typically lose the most heat are glass or patio doors, namely sliding glass doors going outside. These types of doors tend to lose more heat than any other type of door because glass is one of the worst insulators.
One way to remedy this without getting rid of your patio doors is to replace the old ones with models that use several layers of glass and low-conductivity gasses or low-emissivity coatings between the glass panes. These are an excellent alternative, especially in Cleveland where we see sub-zero temperatures December through February.
We are only scratching the surface about energy-efficient doors and their benefits. If you’re considering using them to improve your home’s energy-efficiency, contact Green Home Solutions for a free estimate.