You’ve seen us talk about a home’s R-value in previous blog posts. This refers to how efficiently your living space can prevent the flow of heat into and out of your property. Essentially, you want as little heat transfer as possible–you want the heat to stay out in the summer and stay in in the winter! By using your home’s R-value, we can help you determine the type and size of HVAC systems that will be best for you. But we can also help you improve your home’s R-value with a couple of renovation details–namely, replacing your windows and doors.
Homeowners often don’t realize the power of their front door–how much of a factor it is in their home’s insulation. Replacing your front door can make a world of difference in your comfort, as well as the affordability of your energy as your HVAC systems will be able to work more efficiently. Read on to learn more!
Benefits of a New Front Door
By now, you may be wondering if a new front door can really be that beneficial. The truth is, it really can!
Here’s the thing–your current front door, as well as your windows, could have a number of problems that you aren’t even aware of that could be detrimental to the insulation and overall efficiency of your home. The benefits of upgrading your front door include:
Improved Weatherstripping and/or Door Sweeps
Door sweeps and weatherstripping alike blocks drafts from getting out of or into your living space. Over the years, weatherstripping and door sweeps can degrade and start chipping away, which will restrict just how efficient your door could be otherwise.
With both windows and doors, advancements have been made in the last decade that makes their construction much more efficient. What we mean by this is that a new door will more easily keep hot air out of your home in the summer, and in your home during the winter.
So when you use your forced-air cooling and heating systems, you don’t need to worry about outside conditions making them work harder than they should have to in order to cool or heat your living space.
Over the years, opening and closing your front door creates friction. As a result, the whole door can become a little lopsided, which allows drafts to come in through the gaps surrounding your door. This same thing can happen with windows as well, especially those that open inward or outward rather than sliding open.
Exploring Your Front Door Options
Upgrading your front door doesn’t just have to be for functionality, it can be for aesthetic appeal too! Whether you want to enjoy your home more, impress guests and neighbors, or make your home that much more appealing to potential buyers in the future, there are a number of reasons to upgrade your front door!
And we have many options to choose from. Reach out today to learn more.