How many times have you heard someone call out, “close the door, you’re letting the cold air in!”
This common refrain has been heard in households for years.
Now, during October’s Energy Awareness Month, experts offer tips on how to keep the cold air outside while keeping energy bills low.
Doors are a critical part of the housing envelope, so it’s important to evaluate and maintain their energy effi- ciency throughout the year.
Along with your main entry door, you have side doors, sliding and hinged doors, garage doors and doors leading from the home to the garage.
That’s a large number of openings that need attention to maintain energy efficiency in the home.
Homeowners should always purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated door for their specific geographic area.
In addition, there are several ways homeowners can assure their doors are helping support the overall energy efficiency of the home, including:
If you’re looking for a door, be sure to select one made of fiberglass.
A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus you get the benefi ts that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather.
If you’re replacing an entry door and want one with decorative or privacy glass in the door or sidelites, take time to research your options.
Try to select doorlites and sidelites that have triple paned glass, which helps make the entire door more energy efficient.
If only a two-paned glass is available, request a Low E coating on the glass that can enhance the energy effi- ciency of the unit.
Reach out and touch your door on both hot and cold days.
If you feel the exterior temperatures on the inside surface, then your door may not have adequate insulation and you should consider upgrading it with a replacement that is more energy effi cient and has an ENERGY STAR qualified rating for your geographic area.
Inspect the weather stripping around all sides of every door in the home to make sure it has not worn out.
On a bright day, stand inside near your door and look for daylight flowing through the door perimeter. If light is coming in, then so most likely, is external air and possibly moisture.
That means it’s time to determine if your foam-filled weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, cracked or has flatted out and needs to be replaced.
Open and close your doors on both dry and wet, humid days.
If your door fits tightly on humid days, then it’s most likely leaking air on dry days.
You may want to consider a high-performance door made of fiberglass to prevent this type of swelling and add more energy efficiency to your home.
Purchasing A New Door
If your older entry door serves as a leaky energy drain on your home, then it’s time to invest in a new highperformance entryway.
Many homeowners in the past 25 years have embraced both the energy-efficiency and beauty of durable fiberglass doors.