Homeowners looking to save on rising energy bills can start right at the front door. That’s the advice of experts who suggest evaluating your main entry door at least once a year to determine the status of the door’s operational capabilities and energy efficiency features.
“Every component of a home needs to be replaced at some point over time,” says Derek Fielding, director of product management for Therma-Tru Corp. “Most homeowners can get years of service out of their front door, but there will come a time when a door needs to be replaced. That’s why it’s important to annually evaluate and maintain your main entryway.”
According to Fielding, there are several easy ways homeowners can determine when it’s time to consider a front door replacement.
“If it becomes apparent that you’re in the market for a new door, consider one made of fiberglass,” says Fielding. “A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus you get the benefits that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather.”
Kathy Ziprik of Ziprik Consulting is based in Mills River, N.C.