4 Ways to Make Your Front Door Energy Efficient
While, often, homeowners focus on the “curb appeal” aspects of their front door and entryway, there’s another often more important consideration to think about: energy efficiency. A beautiful front door can easily leak cool air and heat, which can impact your energy bills in a big way.
That said, this isn’t a case of sacrificing form for function—entirely the opposite, actually. By taking some simple steps to make your front door energy efficient, you can ensure a good looking and high functioning door—a door that helps you maintain the right climate year-round while helping keep your energy bills low.
#1. Check your weatherstripping
Many doors don’t have proper weatherstripping around their edges—and, often, when weatherstripping is present it’s installed incorrectly or it’s been damaged over time.
To check your weatherstripping, look along the four sides of your front door—when it’s closed, you should have a firm seal. If it’s cold out, close your door and feel around for cold spots around the edges.
If your door has shifted or settled over time, the weatherstripping could now be misaligned or it could, simply, have eroded since installation. If that’s the case, you’re leaving yourself susceptible to energy loss as well as condensation, rain, dust and other external factors. To correct this, contact a pro—Maclin Security Door can assist—or consider investing in adhesive foam or heavy-duty felt. Keep in mind the latter, likely, requires a pro to install.
#2. Check door hinges
Houses shift and settle over time. If that’s happened to your home, your door may be misaligned or not fit in the frame anymore. A telltale sign? Your door sticks out a little when closed, or squeaks when you open and close it.
In many cases, cleaning your door hinges can help. Look for buildup and dirt on and around your door edges, tighten loose screws and adjust anything visible that could keep your door from opening and closing properly. If that doesn’t work, you may need to sand the edge of your door to get a tighter fit.
#3. Check the chalk
Similarly, caulking on your front door seams can erode or rot over the years, reducing the barrier between your home and the elements. Look for visible signs of caulk erosion—if that’s the issue, it’s easy to reseal a door by yourself or with a pro. If you choose to DIY, just remember to remove all old caulk before getting started.
#4. Replace your door
If all else fails, it may be time for a new door. Maclin can help you find and install the right front door based on your home, style and budget. Many new doors are designed to be energy efficient and including steel skins, foam cores and magnetic weatherstripping to add insulation and improve energy efficiency. Contact us to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.