When you think about home insulation, you probably envision the paper or fiberglass material that gets blown in or laid into your attic and crawslpace, plus behind your drywall. This insulation is very important in preventing heat transfer–keeping heat out in the summer and keeping heat in in the winter.
However, actual insulation is not the only thing that contributes to how well insulated your home is. Confused yet? Don’t worry, keep reading and we’ll explain!
What you need to know though, is that the installation and quality of your home’s front door actually plays an integral part in your home’s insulation and R-Value. Your windows play a role, too! Read on to learn more.
What Is a Home’s R-Value?
Your home’s R-Value is a measurement of how well its insulation (both the literal insulation and other factors) prevents the flow of heat into and out of your living space. The higher R-Value your home has, the greater insulation performance it has–which ultimately means you’ll save more on your heating and cooling bills throughout the year.
You see, the thing is, when your home is poorly insulated and has a low R-Value, your air conditioner or heater has to run longer than it should otherwise have to in order to achieve the desired temperature on your thermostat.
This increases wear and tear, which means your HVAC system may not last its entire 10-15 year lifespan, plus it just isn’t efficient. The more your HVAC system has to run, the more energy it drains, and the higher your utility bills rise.
How Will a New Door Help?
By now, you’re probably wondering how a new front door, or new windows, will help increase your home’s R-Value and bring your heating and cooling bills down.
The thing is, your current front door, and your windows, may have a lot of problems you’re not aware of that are detrimental to how well insulated your home is, such as:
- Degraded Weatherstripping or Door Sweeps: Weatherstripping disallows drafts from getting out or into your home. Door sweeps achieve the same effect, and over the years it can start to degrade and chip away, limiting just how efficient your door can be.
- Inefficient Windows: Even in the last 10 years or so, there have been many advancements in window construction, including in front doors that have glass panels. Inefficient glass can let a lot more ambient heat in (or out), making your HVAC system use inefficient.
- Lopsided Door (or Windows): Over the years, the friction of opening and closing your door multiple times a day will take its toll. Your door may become a bit lopsided, letting drafts in through the gaps surrounding the door. The same thing can happen with windows that open outward or inward instead of sliding open.
Wondering what your front door options are? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team! We will help you find the perfect solution for your specific home, for aesthetics and practicality.