Your front door is the weakest link when it comes to preventing heat and air from escaping from your home. This can be particularly problematic in the winter months. All of that hot air escaping can lead to your heating expenses being significantly higher than they should be. The following are tips that can help to minimize loss of energy from your home.
Add New Weatherstripping to Your Exterior Doors
Weatherstripping is the process in which gaps around doors and windows are sealed to protect from the elements. The most common way that people lose energy from their homes is due to damaged or inadequate weatherstripping. When your door is closed, the weatherstripping should provide a complete seal. This not only keeps the air inside the house, but it also prevents things like dust and water from getting in through the door.
Over time, the shape and size of a door can change, despite the seal of the weatherstripping. If your door is not completely sealed, you should be able to easily locate the leaks on a cold and windy day. The best way to locate leaks is by lighting an incense stick and moving it around the edges of the door – if the smoke is either sucked in or blown out, then you have located a leak in the seal. You should be able to find most leaks just by feeling for air with your hands though. Wetting your hand can help as it will make you more sensitive to the sensation of cold air.
If you locate leaks, then you have a few options to fix the problem. The first is adhesive foam weatherstripping made of rubber or plastic, which can be cut down to fit any door. This method is straightforward enough that you can do it yourself. However, this method will not keep a good seal for too long. You will probably have to replace it again in a couple of years’ time.
A more reliable option would be to use interlocking metal stripping. However, this option is significantly more expensive, and you would likely need to hire a professional to fit it.
Replace Your Old Door
If you have tried the above steps and you find that you are still losing a significant amount of heat through your door, then it is time to consider purchasing a new one. You should be aware that doors with glass can often be energy inefficient. If you get a door with glass, then you should make sure that it contains what is known as a “thermal break” between the inner and outer frames.
If you still want to go with a glass door, then you should consider a door with low-emissivity coatings. These layers will make the door slightly more expensive but can potentially reduce energy loss by up to 50%.
You should pay attention to the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) rating of any door that you plan on purchasing. The lower this value, the less heat from the sun will be transmitted into the house. You should get a door with an SHGC rating that makes sense in the climate of your town. If you live in a cold area then you probably want a door with a higher SHGC rating. However, if you live in a hot climate then you should get a door with a lower rating.
While installing a new door is not a particularly difficult job, you should consider hiring a professional. Improper door replacement jobs can cause you to lose even more energy through your doors. With the help of KC Construction, you can rest easy knowing that with our professional door replacement services, you will not give you the same energy loss issues that your old door did. With energy efficient doors, you’ll see a huge difference in your utility bills.
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