Replacing your worn out entry door will impact your home in many ways beyond increasing energy efficiency, but it is quite possibly the number one reason why homeowners decide to do this project. Have you noticed a cold and unpleasant draft drifting aimlessly throughout your home and are wondering how you can make your home comfortable? When most homeowners think of ways to increase energy efficiency, they often consider things like replacing the windows, or adding more attic insulation, but one project that tends to get overlooked is replacing the old entry door.
You may be unaware of just how much energy is wasted through your home’s doors. When a new front door is properly installed, the temperature of your home remains consistent. In addition, it takes a lot less energy to maintain your preferred temperature and that saves money.
To determine the energy efficiency of your door, look at the R-value (reflectivity value) which tells you how much energy the door reflects. Doors are rated between 1 and 9, with 1 being the least reflective and 9 being the highest. The more energy your new front door reflects, the more energy is kept inside your home.
Homeowners may qualify for tax incentives when installing energy efficient doors. This incentive equals 30% of the purchase price and up to $1500, making the purchase of a new front door a solid investment.
It’s difficult to relax when you’re too hot or too cold. A chilly draft isn’t pleasant to deal with, especially during the colder months when you’re trying hard to keep your home feeling warm and cozy. In the warmer months, an old, drafty door may cause the cool air from your air conditioner to escape, making it difficult to maintain a cool, comfortable temperature. Purchasing a new front door will help you maintain a more comfortable temperature year-round.
Sun rays may damage your furniture and flooring over time, especially if your front door contains a glass window. If you have a door that faces the sun, it’s best to replace it with a door containing a low-e (emissivity) coating on the window. Not only will low-e glass make your home more energy efficient, but this coating will help prolong the life of your furniture and flooring by protecting them from damaging UV rays that shine through your door.
The amount of energy efficiency in a home is an important factor for many potential home buyers. If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, replacing an old entry door with an energy efficient one is a smart investment. Not only will a new front door increase your curb appeal, but it will be a great selling point to a potential buyer. Think of a new front door as an investment, not a cost.
There are multiple benefits of replacing your old worn-out entry door. Even if your current entry door doesn’t appear to have issues, you’ll be amazed at how many improvements you’ll notice with the simple addition of a new one. Often the energy efficiency isn’t something you can see, but rather feel. In order to get the most out of your investment, it’s important to hire a professional to ensure that your entry door is properly installed. Contact your local experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors for a virtual appointment to discuss all of the quality entry doors we offer.
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