One of the most appealing benefits to homeowners looking to make home improvement upgrades to their Western Michigan home is the potential for energy savings. The cost to heat and cool your home can have a significant impact on your family’s budget, and many homeowners end up paying more than they should in energy bills while still suffering from indoor comfort issues.
Replacing the exterior doors in your home with WMGB Home Improvement is a great way to benefit from energy savings—here’s how your old doors could be costing you money, as well as steps you can take to find the best exterior doors for the cold weather months in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Holland.
How to Know When Your Doors Are Costing You Money in Energy Waste
Can you feel a draft coming into your home when you stand close to an exterior door? If you look around the edges of your door, can you see light from the outside at all? These are both signs that your door is wasting your energy. In the summer, these gaps will let hot outdoor air in and squeeze cooler, more comfortable air out. In the winter, you’ll experience heat loss as the air warmed by your furnace leaks out of the cracks and gaps around your door.
Doors with air leaks waste conditioned air, and the more your heating and cooling systems have to run to maintain the desired temperature in your home, the more you’ll pay in energy costs.
What to Look for in a New Energy Efficient Exterior Door
- Multiple glass panes or use of Low-E glass
- Constructed for long term durability
- Tight fit and quality weatherstripping
When choosing the right energy efficient doors for your home, you’ll not only want to have it installed by a professional who knows what they’re doing, but also you’ll also want a door designed and built to keep comfortable temperatures inside your home.
There are also energy efficiency ratings you can look for with a new door as well. If it’s a door with glass panels or a storm glass door, the U-factor and SHGF (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) rating of the glass will play an important role. Many of the ProVia doors installed by WMGB Home Improvement are ENERGY STAR certified and offer high levels of protection against energy waste with steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl construction that’s designed to last for years and years to come.