I can’t tell you how many times my father yelled at me to “Close the front door! I’m not paying to heat the whole neighborhood!” Dad knew, instinctively, that all that nice warm air rushing from inside our home to the outside was going to have to be replaced. Sure enough, the furnace soon kicked back on and burned up more of his hard earned money.
We know today that every father who uttered that warning was right. An entry door is the single biggest culprit in energy loss in the typical American home. Even if the door is closed, air can seep in and out through cracks and gaps, causing an imbalance in the interior temperature and higher energy costs.
Rather than yell at your kids, maybe it is time to invest in a new entry door that delivers much better energy performance. Rescom installs beautiful, rugged entry doors that feature advanced design and materials that result in a better seal and significantly reduced energy lost through convection.
The door you choose should look great, of course. But that does not mean it will not provide superior insulation, as well. The most energy efficient doors include an insulated core surrounded by a steel or fiberglass shell. Wooden doors and doors with large glass areas tend to be less energy efficient because of the materials used, although installing low-e, double pane glass certainly helps.
Also important is the seal around the door itself, and the quality of the installation. Advanced sealing materials help to eliminate drafts, but only if the door is installed squarely, without warping, and fully sealed around the frame.
The trend today is toward simpler door designs, with clean lines and fewer molded panels. Your choice will depend on the architectural style of your home, whether or not you count on your front door to let in light, and your budget.
We can help. Rescom’s door experts can work with you to discover the best combination of style and energy efficiency for your new entry door. Make the call today to Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 today to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.