When most people think of energy efficient home improvements, they think of new lighting, replacement windows and new hyper-efficient HVAC systems. But your doors are actually a very important part of the equation. So in today’s article from the Scranton general contractors at Rudis Enterprises, LLC, we’ll explore why some doors are more energy efficient than others and how you can benefit from upgrading to new doors.
A Look at Energy Efficient Doors
Upgrading to energy efficient doors can bring lots of improvement in your home’s heating and cooling bills, especially if your home has older, drafty exterior doors.
Many of today’s modern energy efficient doors carry the EnergyStar rating, meaning they’re amongst the best in terms of efficiency. These doors typically feature plenty of insulation, which serves as a sound barrier and as a thermal barrier.
You can enhance your door’s energy efficiency by adding a storm door, as this helps to add an additional barrier between your door and the outdoors. In fact, the gap between the storm door and the primary door serves to reduce the amount of sound that passes through and it also cuts down on how much energy is lost through the door.
Security Considerations When Buying a New Energy-Efficient Door
The most robust, secure doors are steel, with insulation sandwiched in between the metal panels.
For security purposes and for maximum energy efficiency, opt for a solid door, without windows. If you must include windows, opt for small, high-set windows. Lower windows or windows that sit alongside the door can serve as a point of entry, as a burglar could break the window and reach in to unlock the door.
If you do opt for a door with windows, choose a lock that requires a key on the interior and on the exterior to reduce the risk of someone breaking the glass and reaching in to unlock the door. Also, be sure that the windows are double-pane or triple-pane to ensure maximum energy efficiency. The gas-filled gap between the panes offers far more insulation than a single pane of glass.
In addition, you should also be sure to install fresh weatherstripping in your home’s doors and windows to help reduce any chilly drafts during the cold winter months.
Energy efficiency aside, the best modern doors are also more secure than ever before. A steel door is less prone to being forced open by a burglar
Trust Your Home Improvements to a Top Scranton Contractor
If you’re planning to perform major home improvements, such as an addition or renovation, now is the time to take action! The winter can pose some challenges when it comes to certain elements of a home improvement project or build, so there are a number of tasks that should be performed in the fall, before the freezing temperatures arrive. So if you’re considering a project, contact the experts at Rudis Enterprises!
At Rudis Enterprises, we offer a full range of Scranton building and home improvement services, including bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, landscaping and eco-friendly home improvement services, designed to improve home value and boost energy efficiency. We also handle urgent repairs, such as broken windows, damage from fallen trees, and beyond. We serve Scranton and the surrounding region of Pennsylvania.
To get help with your home improvement project, contact Rudis Enterprises, a top Northeastern Pennsylvania and Scranton contractor by calling 570.591.2453 or stop by our contact form to send your project details.