October is Energy Awareness Month and Derek Fielding, senior product manager for Therma-Tru Corp said doors are a “critical part of the housing envelope, so so it’s important to evaluate and maintain their energy efficiency throughout the year.” And it’s not just the front door that counts. Fielding said along with main entry door, side doors, sliding and hinged doors, garage doors and doors leading from the home to the garage need attention to
maintain energy efficiency in the home.
Homeowners should always purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated door for their specific geographic area. In addition, there are several ways homeowners can assure their doors are helping support the overall energy efficiency of the
Here’s another tip on how to keep the cold air outside while keeping energy bills low.
Tip: Inspect the weather stripping around all sides of every door in the home to make sure it has not worn out. On a bright day, stand inside near your 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 your foam-filled weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, cracked or has flatted out and needs to be replaced.
Tip: Open and close your doors - on both dry and wet, humid days. If your door fits tightly on humid days, then it’s most likely leaking air on dry days. You may want to consider a high-performance door made of fiberglass to
prevent this type of swelling and add more energy efficiency to your home.