Written by ETO Doors.
Your exterior door is about more than just looks. It also contributes to the energy efficiency of your house. A well-insulated door that is built with energy efficiency in mind will help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter along with potentially helping with your energy bills.
One area where front doors can be very important is with insulation. All doors are designed to help limit the effects of hot or cold weather on the environment inside your home, along with insulating you from effects such as noise. The most common method for doing this is to make sure that your doors are free from drafts that will let air in and out. This can be accomplished by placing weather stripping around the edges of the door to create an effective seal.
If you live in a place where the weather is frequently cold, this can be a factor in the type of door you purchase. Some doors have a layer of insulation built into the door itself. This can help to reduce the amount of warm air that exits a house during winter months and therefore lower heating costs.
Another way to avoid heat loss is to consider upgrading the type of glass used in your door’s windows. Doors that feature double-panel or even triple-panel insulated glass will have much less heat transfer than doors featured single-panel windows. If you need more information about the energy efficiency of types of glass or other elements of a front door, you can find it through the EnergyStar information at the EPA’s website.