MAUMEE, OHIO – Homeowners wishing to reduce soaring energy bills should make sure to evaluate their exterior doors. That’s the advice of experts at Therma-Tru during October’s Energy Awareness Month.
“Leaking air through older entry doors and inefficient insulation within the door itself can increase heating and cooling bills,” says Brad Johnson, vice president of marketing with Therma-Tru Corp. “October is the ideal time each year to evaluate the doors in the home, conduct minor maintenance and make a determination if any door needs to be replaced.”
Johnson reports that most homeowners can get years of service from their front door, but, just like all major items in the home, it will eventually need to be replaced. He offers these easy tips on how to evaluate the main entry door and determine when it’s time to consider a door replacement.
Tip #1 – Open and close the door — on both dry and wet, humid days. Make sure all the components operate smoothly. If the door doesn’t close securely, then it’s most likely leaking air, causing the home to lose energy.
Tip #2 – Inspect the weather stripping around all sides of the front door to make sure it has not worn out. On a bright day, stand inside near the door and look for daylight flowing through the door perimeter. If light is coming in, then so most likely, is external air and possibly moisture. That means it’s time to determine if the foam-filled weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, cracked or simply worn out.
Tip #3 – Examine the locks to make sure they operate smoothly and are strong enough to help protect the home. Multi-point locking systems, like those that can be requested on Therma-Tru® doors, offer exceptional peace-of-mind and security for the home.
Tip #4 – Reach out and touch the door on both hot and cold days. If a person feels the exterior temperatures on the inside surface, then the door may not have adequate insulation. In this situation, homeowners should consider upgrading the door with a replacement that is more energy efficient and is an ENERGY STAR® qualified product for the region where the home is located. Order a multi-point locking system on the next door for a tighter fit against the weatherstripping, which can help provide even greater energy savings.
Tip #5 – Look at the appearance of the door. Wood doors tend to warp or rot after years of service. A steel door can get dinged and rust over time. And, it’s possible that the style of the door simply doesn’t match up with the design of the home. These are all red flags that it’s time to replace the front door.
For more information on making your home more efficient, review the Home Energy Checklist.