• Top 3 reasons your entry doors are costing you money

  • Energy saving is a big topic of conversation these days, both for the environment and the economic value of saving money. Doors and windows can be huge sources of additional costs when it comes to energy usage. This is for many reasons (many of which was covered in our last blog, which you can read here), but the reason may vary depending on the age and condition of the doors in your home.

    1. Worn Weatherstripping – The weatherstripping on your door is sometimes the first part of the door to wear, and it is the part of the door that plays the biggest role in keeping your home energy efficient. Weatherstripping is used for insulation and sealing, and when the weatherstripping begins to wear away, the outside cold or heat starts to come inside (and the A/C and heat you pay so much money to keep at a certain temperature is compromised). According to the Department of Energy, heat is the largest expense in the American home, coming in at roughly 45% of your electric bill. If drafts are coming in, this goes up even more, and more money has to be dumped into heating the home. This is inefficient and costs more money than it should.

    2. The threshold of the door may not be lined up properly. – When this happens, it works similarly to having inefficient weatherstripping in that the door is no longer sealed. When the threshold is not in contact with the door and there is light coming in from the space, air can both escape from the house (meaning that all the times you told your kids to shut the doors and windows to keep the A/C and heat inside is irrelevant) and come in from the outside, having the same effect. Sometimes the threshold can be easily adjusted so that the gap can be made smaller.

    3. Your doors aren’t energy efficient. – Yes, some doors are more energy efficient than others. This is why ENERGY STAR (a government program designed to help consumers save money on energy costs and protect the environment from energy inefficiency) has certain standards that must be met in order for a product to be determined as energy efficient. Energy efficient doors will have features like a polyurethane foam core, energy efficient glass for reduced heat flow, and tighter weatherstripping to reduce air leaking. If you’ve noticed your door letting in drafts, looking into an energy efficient door that is ENERGY STAR approved may be something to consider in order to save money on energy costs in the long-run.

    Because doors are used so frequently, the wear and tear to them may happen more quickly than other parts of the home. They come into contact with the outside weather (which, depending on your location, may be harsher in some areas than others), and they are opened and closed often. Changing little things like the weatherstripping or upgrading to an energy efficient door can save a significant amount of money on energy costs, and the product soon ends up paying for itself.

    For more information on how doors can be costing you money or to get 5-minute virtual estimate on replacing your doors and windows without even letting salesmen into your home, contact Zen Windows.