3 energy saving options for your front door

Your front door is seen by everyone from loved ones to perfect strangers.  The impression it leaves can affect the sale of your home and its energy efficiency can affect your wallet.  Hire a professional to update your front door or make simple efficiency improvements yourself.


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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “When considering installing a new door first you want to think about which style and what energy efficiency rating it might have to determine which door is going to be right for your house. Professional installation is going to be important. It may seem relatively simple to install a door but if done incorrectly it can cost you more money in your energy bills than the old door did.”

Mark Spencer, Legacy Window and Door LLC:  “Obviously a new door going in will completely seal all the drafts. And then new doors, just like new windows, come with energy glass, and the way energy glass works is there’s a metallic coating that is placed on the glass and it makes the glass it’s reflective heat source. So, in the winter when our heat is inside the home that big panel of a door is reflecting that heat in and in the summer it’s like putting a shade on it.  In terms of energy efficiency, a storm door will help block the sun so if a person isn’t in the position to replace their door getting a storm door on there can be a good option until they can get the upgrade on their door.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “If you find that your door is really drafty but you don’t have the funds to replace it right now consider replacing the weather stripping. This is a pretty basic, even a do-it-yourself kind of project that can save you money every month on your heating and cooling bill.”

Angie’s List Tips:

Front door pointers:

Energy glass reflects heat

Install storm door for cost savings

DIY:  Replace weather stripping

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