Most homeowners know that a drafty home isn’t desirable, especially in the winter. Drafts mean that the heat you are paying for is escaping, so your bills will go up while your comfort level goes down. If your home is drafty, your entry door is likely to blame. If it’s time for a new entry door, replacing it in the fall, before the winter weather begins, is a great idea.
How Do You Know it’s Time for a New Entry Door?
If you need a new entry door, there will be signs that indicate that it’s time. If your door is difficult to open or close, has a noticeable draft, or you can see gaps around the door, it’s time for a replacement. If your locks feel loose or don’t catch, chances are the door also isn’t fitting well anymore. If you aren’t sure if your door has gaps, take a lighter or candle and move it around the door frame. If the flame flickers, you have a drafty door. Finally, if you see paint or stain flaking, cracking wood, or any other signs of water or weather damage, that can be a sign you need a new door as well.
Drafty Doors are Costing You
Drafty doors are never desirable, but once the winter weather sets in, a drafty door can be more than an inconvenience. A drafty entry door will sabotage your attempts to keep your home warm during the winter and your energy bills will reflect the struggle. A drafty door will let the cold air in and the warm air out, and your heating system will need to work hard to keep pace. While you will obviously feel this struggle in your energy bills, you may also notice the wear and tear on your heating system, which can shorten its life.
Fall is the Perfect Time to Install a New Entry Door
If you need to replace a drafty entry door, fall is the right time for replacement. While homeowners may think that summer is the perfect time for exterior home improvements, new entry doors are actually an excellent job to undertake in the fall. An entry door replacement means that your home will be open to the outdoor weather for the day of install, and the fall’s temperate weather means that you won’t be up against a spring rain or summer heat that can make your home uncomfortable. In addition, you are much less likely to have major issues with insects once the summer has passed. Finally, fall provides the perfect temperature for the sealing materials needed to install your new entry door. Extreme temperatures can create issues in the sealing materials, while temperatures between 40 and 80 degrees are perfect for installation.
Get Your New Entry Door Before Winter Weather Sets In
If you replace your entry door in the fall, you will have a well-sealed door when the cold weather does arrive. Your home will be well insulated, and you will both feel the comfort of your home increase and see your energy bills decrease. The heat will stay in and the cold will stay out, which is what you want during the coldest months.
A new entry door installation is a relatively inexpensive and quick when you have the right contractor for the job. When you consider the savings in energy cost and the increased comfort you will have during the winter months, installing a new entry door this fall is an excellent investment in your home. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for more information about replacing your entry doors asap!