Heating and cooling your home gets more expensive each year, especially when you neglect to take simple energy saving precautions, such as installing draft stoppers under your entry doors. The only way to reduce your energy costs is through thoughtful considerations about how you can improve your home’s temperature retention.
A properly installed energy efficient entry door keeps your cool air inside during the summer. It also prevents your heat from leaking throughout the winter. Double-check any entry doors and windows for drafts; that way, you’ll know ahead of time exactly where your local contractor needs to apply caulking and weather stripping.
Specifically, when you’re searching for a replacement entry door, consider the amount of insulation different materials provide. For example, old-fashioned wooden and glass entry doors provide significantly less insulation than steel and fiberglass doors, which pack layers of foam inside their cores.
So many homeowners appreciate the warmth that a wooden entry door adds to a home. For example, an elegant red oak entry door will draw visitors right in. When inquiring with your local contractor about possibly installing a wooden entry door, just be sure to consider the extra work required to maintain the character of the door’s wood.
Regularly dusting the inside and outside of your wooden entry door helps prevent corrosive salt from settling into the wood, causing damage. All wood entry doors are coated in polyurethane and special exterior paint with UV protection to prevent moisture and future fading.
It’s recommended to hire a door restoration specialist at least once every two years to refinish your aging entry doors. Personally, Perry Brothers Constructions recommends installing maintenance free fiberglass entry doors, which can be designed to imitate your favorite dark woods without the hassle.
Most modern entry door brands today are designed to earn an Energy Star rating, no matter your door project’s budget. Additionally, in Massachusetts, you could earn extra tax rebates and incentives when you replace your old doors with qualified Energy Star brands.
Replacing your drafty entry doors is an essential part of protecting your home from the elements. Doing this can keep out unwanted moisture, which can quickly produce patches of mold on the walls of your home. Exposure to large amounts of mold spores may cause symptoms like difficulty breathing, fatigue, and skin irritation. Repeated exposure to mold particles worsens allergic reactions, so it’s wisest to eliminate the root of the problem rather than attempt to control it.