Do you spend a lot of time thinking about your front door? Probably not–you may go through it every single day, but it’s one of those things that most household occupants take for granted, not really realizing how efficient, or inefficient, the front door can make a home.
Whether your door isn’t that visually appealing, or you’ve noticed an increase in your energy costs because conditioned air is escaping out of your home and making it impossible to maintain comfortable temperatures, this blog post is for you. Read on as we share some signs that it’s probably time for you to invest in a new front door.
Sign #1: It’s Drafty in Your Home
Drafty doors and windows are two of the biggest culprits of energy loss in a home. As powerful and well-maintained as your HVAC systems may be, if conditioned air is allowed to escape or if outdoor air gets in, you’ll find yourself paying way more than you should have to in order to cool or heat your home.
Drafty doors occur over the years due to frequent use, humidity, and even temperature fluctuations outdoors. You might eventually notice that it doesn’t “fit” like it used to or it sticks when you try to close or open it. This is because it’s uneven in the doorframe, which means it’s definitely letting drafts in and out.
Sign #2: The Door Is Hard to Close
As we just mentioned in the above point, your door might stick when you try to close it. Maybe you can close your front door, but you’re barely able to get it to lock?
This probably isn’t a problem with the lock, so put the locksmith’s number aside for a moment. You’re more than likely dealing with a door that has become misshapen after years of use, and natural wear and tear.
Sign #3: The Door Is Old!
We all work hard to keep our homes in great shape, and you are probably no exception. But like we mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, the front door isn’t something we all give a lot of thought to.
Years of weather damage and temperature fluctuations though can definitely take their toll. If your door is getting up there in age (say, 10-15 years old) it may be time to have it inspected and check to see if it’s contributing to energy loss.
Sign #4: The Door Isn’t Insulated
Do you know how your home’s level of insulation is? Whether we’re talking about summertime or wintertime, insulation helps restrict heat transfer. So it keeps heat out, this time of the year, and keeps heat in during the winter.
But do you know if your front door has insulation? If you have an aging home and you’ve never replaced your front door–particularly if it’s in a condo community or refurbished apartment community, the insulation may not be that great if it exists at all!