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A/C and Heat loss can happen through leakages around entry doors as well as through glass in patio doors or doors with window elements. Replacing old doors can dramatically reduce A/C and Heat loss and result in substantial energy savings. Doors generally have a smaller impact on your energy bills than windows, but depending on the condition of your entry doors, glass patio doors and garage doors, replacing them could add up to significant savings.
Energy Efficient Garage Doors
If your home has an attached garage, the garage door(s) will have a high impact on the thermal comfort of your garage and your home. Garage doors can be made from various materials – wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, etc. and these materials will determine much of the insulation performance of the doors. Insulation will impact thermal efficiency as well as soundproofing of the garage doors. If you are planning to buy a new garage door, an insulated model may represent high energy savings for you. Simpler steel, aluminum or wood garage doors can cost you between $750 and $1,500 but prices do vary and carefully comparing performance, style and price is recommended.
Energy Efficient Patio Doors
Having older or regular, inefficient patio doors can cause huge energy losses, resulting in high energy bills. Energy-efficient patio doors are a very wise investment – the energy saving will pay for the higher initial cost many times over. When replacing patio doors, look for a low emissivity (low-E) glass with a double or triple pane to reduce A/C and Heat loss in winter and A/C and Heat gain in summer. Good quality glass will also have thermal breaks (if it has metal frames) and preference should be given to hinged or swinging doors. This type of door is far more energy efficient than gliding or sliding doors. Sliding doors are typically energy-inefficient, since air leakage around the weather stripping is very difficult to avoid.
Energy Saving Benefits of Storm Doors
Storm doors are secondary doors that fit over primary exterior doors. They can save energy by:
Storm doors will also protect the main door, reduce maintenance costs and allow for natural ventilation during warm months which will lower air conditioning costs.
Greener Interior Doors
When replacing interior doors, remember that wood can be harvested in an un-sustainable manner which contributes to forest destruction and climate change. Choose doors that are made of certified wood. Look for a seal by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to ensure that you’re not contributing to deforestation. Major retailers like Home Depot, IKEA or Lowe’s are offering some product lines with FSC certified wood.
Effective Installation Makes All the Difference
Whatever doors you decide to replace, have them installed by a competent professional to ensure that you will be getting maximum benefit for your investment. A poorly installed door that leaks air will waste energy, no matter how energy efficient the door is. RESNET Qualified ENERGYSMART contractors have been trained in energy efficiency as well as their chosen trade.
|Posted on January 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM||comments (2)|
Energy Smart ContractorA RESNET EnergySmart Contractor has completed special training in energy efficiency, home performance, combustion safety, ventilation and indoor air quality.
They know the most effective procedures for energy efficient installations, retrofits and building projects. They understand how the house works as a system, and how a change in one area can affect other areas.
More importantly, they know how to prevent harmful side-effects while making your home more energy efficient, and how to recognize and remedy potential home performance problems.
Contractors come in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of experience and expertise. But when it comes to energy efficient installations, retrofits and new construction, you need a professional who has the knowledge and training to do the job safely and effectively.
About RESNET: RESNET is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Government as a national standards-making body for the energy efficiency industry. RESNET created the EnergySmart designation for contractors and builders in the interest of homeowner protection and safety. The EnergySmart designation sets a national standard of competence for energy efficient installations, retrofits and building projects, and includes training on industry best practices and related safety issues.
For your own peace of mind, we recommend hiring a Qualified RESNET EnergySmart Contractor
In addition to being a certified EnergySmart contractor, Cheryl Wellman is a New York State licensed CPA and has experience with both real estate construction management and development. You can contact her anytime at directly at Wellman Construction, [email protected].