Looking for ways to save on energy costs this winter? Adding a storm door may be money well spent says Window and Door Specialties founder Chris Kanipe.
A storm door gets installed on the outside of your regular front door, saving energy in two major ways. It creates a good barrier to weather, reducing the effect of air leaks from the primary door. It also reduces heat conduction through the existing door by creating an insulating air pocket.
And many storm door windows can be replaced with insect screens in summer, allowing better air flow and potentially limiting the need for air conditioning which will also lower your energy costs.
A storm door also protects your entry door, reducing maintenance costs, and may lend an added level of security against break-ins. "There's a nice payback, as well as other benefits from a storm door besides the energy savings," said Kanipe.
According to Google, there are over 1.6 million searches for “storm door” in the United States each year. No wonder this is one of our fastest growing categories at Window and Door Specialties.
Here are a few tips regarding storm doors:
Sunlight. Never add a full-view glass storm door if the exterior door gets more than a few hours of direct sun each day, unless the storm door has vents. The glass will trap too much heat against the entry door and could damage it, according to the Energy Department.
Disabled access. Automatic door closers and hold-open features are pretty standard on storm doors, but consumers with wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids might pay special attention to the usability of these features.
See some of our storm doors here: www.windowanddoorspecialties.com/storm-doors