Most of the costs for a household go towards its bills. Bills are mostly made up of several energy consumptions. Maintaining a constant temperature inside the house probably takes up the highest energy. Sadly, this cost is added to by inefficiently insulated doors. Energy efficient doors play an integral part in the insulation of the house. Efficient doors keep out unwanted temperature or humidity exposures which help with maintaining the temperature. But some of the doors fail to do this, thus increasing energy consumption.
Thermal reflection scale:
Another name for the thermal reflection scale is R-value for doors. R-value or thermal scale is a standard used to measure the heat reflected by the doors. the scale measures the amount of energy a door reflects into the atmosphere. The r values for doors range from 1 to 9. A door with R-value 1 is the least reflective and the door with 9 as its R-value is most reflective. So, an energy-efficient door has an R-value ranging from 7 to 9.
Many factors contribute to making an energy-efficient door some of them are as follows:
Most of the air enters or leaves the door through loose hinges or the gaps around the door. Door hinges can be tightened to reduce the gaps. Silicone can also be filled in them. One of the other solutions can be Weatherstripping. Using the silicone helps fill the gaps but weatherstripping uses compressible rubber or foam to completely air tighten the door.
- Storm doors:
The second feasible solution may be installing storm doors. Storm doors are secondary doors. Consequently, these doors prevent ventilation and keep out any humidity, minimizing any temperature fluctuation inside the house.
- Replacing wooden components:
Wooden components tend to have fewer R-values which usually correspond to more heat absorption. As a result, any wooden component on a door may allow heat to enter. A solution may be replacing these wooden components with glass which comparatively has higher R-values. Hence, reducing heat absorption.
- Spring-loaded doors:
Energy-efficient doors have a spring-loaded mechanism. This mechanism allows the doors to close immediately after opening. On the contrary, some of the doors take too much time to close back and allow more air and humidity to enter the house. Therefore, energy-efficient doors minimize airflow for better insulation inside the house. Consequently, making the doors energy efficient.