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Understanding Energy-Efficient Doors

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In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in energy efficiency. People are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment and are seeking to reduce this. Part of this includes an increased number of eco-friendly houses.

However, the good news is that you don’t need to move to make your home more energy-efficient. You simply need to make a few improvements, starting with your doors.

If you select high-quality energy-efficient doors from the Parkwood doors range you’ll get better energy efficiency and you’ll still have a stylish-looking door that compliments your home.

What Makes A Door Energy Efficient

One of the biggest parts of energy efficiency is the ability to retain heat or cool air. In short, to prevent air from moving from one place to another and adversely affecting the temperature. 

Energy-efficient doors have an insulating layer incorporated into their design. That means the heat or cool air is trapped in your home, reducing your need to heat it and therefore saving you money.

Naturally, the reduced heating or cooling requirement means less impact on the environment, making it a double win.

Factors To Consider When Choosing An Energy-Efficient Door

Most exterior doors have a small amount of glazing in them, it allows light into the house and helps you to see who is at your door.  However, glass lets out much more heat than wood. If you have a glass pane in your door make sure it is double or even triple-glazed. This helps to lock the warmth in your home. 

You should also spend a moment looking at the U rating. This is a standard that applies to all doors. The better it is at preventing heat from escaping the better the U rating. This translates as a lower number. 

In short, the lower the U value number the better the door is at being energy efficient and the more desirable it should be.

Think About The Material

While steel doors offer the best possible security, they are not good for retaining heat. Metal is an excellent conductor and will transfer the heat of the property through the door. Obviously, if the door has an insulating layer in the middle this will help.

But the best option is to use a solid wood door that is naturally insulating and available in a huge array of colors. 

You should note that PVC doors are very popular as they look great. However, they are generally not as efficient at retaining heat. If you choose this type of door you’ll want to make sure there are no draughts around it In other words, have it fitted by a professional. 

Don’t forget, on, cold winter days you can improve the energy efficiency in your home by using heavy curtains and blinds over the doors and windows. This can even make your home feel cozier. 

There are energy-efficient versions of every type of door. All you have to do is look for the one that suits your needs and personality, then invest.

partnered post • cc-licensed photo by Spencer Means

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