By Christine Cooney, The House Designers Staff Writer
This month is Energy Action Month and a great time to assess your home’s energy efficiency especially if you are getting ready to break ground on a new home. Making your home energy efficient is easier than ever and just about everything you need to build an eco-friendly house is readily available from green house plans to selecting an array of sustainable products like windows, doors, insulation and HVAC.
Selecting ENERGY STAR® compliant entry doors is a key element in your home’s ability to conserve energy and achieve total home comfort. Door manufacturers committed to sustainability like Therma-Tru® comply with ENERGY STAR’s® guidelines to provide doors that provide maximum energy efficiency.
“Doors are a critical part of the housing envelope, so it’s important to evaluate and maintain their energy efficiency throughout the year,” says Derek Fielding, Senior Product Manager for Therma-Tru® in a recent press release. “Along with your main entry door, you have side doors, sliding and hinged doors, garage doors and doors leading from the home to the garage. That’s a large number of openings that need attention to maintain energy efficiency in the home.”
When buying windows or doors, it is important that you purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated product that is specific to your geographical location.
For exterior doors to be qualified for an ENERGY STAR® rating, requirements include:
According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), fiberglass doors are known for their reliability, customization aspects for style design and energy efficiency.
Therma-Tru® fiberglass entry and patio doors are constructed as a total entry system and are designed to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency. Added features include multi-point locking systems, impact and ENERGY STAR® rated decorative glass options, plus a polyurethane foam core that offers five times the energy efficiency of a wood door and is free of harmful chemicals called CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons.
You can try on a new door with Therma-Tru’s® Interactive Door Designer which allows you to visualize what a new Therma-Tru® entryway will look like on your new home.
It works by choosing an architectural house style and then selecting a variety of door shapes to explore the different product lines, styles and options offered by Therma-Tru®. It’s a great way to find the perfect door style for your new home!