When choosing a door for your home your initial thoughts probably turn to size, color, and how many windows or panels you’d like. One very important aspect of choosing a door is, unfortunately, not often at the forefront of our minds; its energy efficiency. A door presents an opportunity for warm air to leak out and colder air to leak in (or the very opposite during our air-conditioned summer months). You probably already pay enough for heating or cooling bills; your door can be a great team member when it comes to reducing those bills and keeping your home at ideal temperatures. Not sure what makes a door great when it comes to energy efficiency? We’ve got a few tips to help you along the way.
The Energy Star
This is probably the easiest way to ensure that the door you’re buying is rated well for energy efficiency. Look for the telltale Energy Star logo, which is a sure sign that your door meets or exceeds industry standards in this category. The Energy Star program takes into account many factors when coming up with a doors rating; the insulating properties, the glass’s energy performance, and whether or not the glass has multiple panes or includes a glazed coating. (A glazed coating is one way that a manufacturer can help the glass panels reduce heat loss or heat gain).
What is the Best Door Material?
We all know that doors come in all shapes and size and that they can be made of a variety of materials. Usually we choose a door based on its curb appeal, and certainly, that should be an aspect of determining which door works best for your home. Here are some of the most common types of doors available and some pros and cons of each.
For a traditional look, you can’t go wrong with a classic wooden door. These are distinctive, and will definitely add beauty to your doorstep, no matter which type of hardwood it’s made of. On the plus side, most wooden doors now are pumped up with a good weather stripping system, but on their own, wooden doors aren’t wonderful at insulating, making them less efficient overall than other options.
A fibreglass door sports a great insulated core and can come in a wide variety of finishes, meaning that your personal style and decor can certainly be achieved. They are also durable and can stand up well against all types of inclement weather.
For home security certainly, a steel door comes at the top of the list of options. They are good insulators, are financially feasible compared to some other options, and are made of a strong material that will last for years to come.
No matter what material you ultimately choose, the installation process is also part of the big picture when it comes to energy efficiency. If you’ve purchased a good quality door, chances are the weather stripping system will live up to the elements, and some doors even sport other features to keep the weather at bay. Adjustable thresholds and water channels help your door serve its purpose, and having your door installed by a professional will mean less chance of having a door hung that is not quite plumb and level.
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