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Storm Doors and Windows: Saving Energy

By Karen Lawson
Storm Doors and Windows: Saving Energy

Storm doors and windows are constructed with a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Look for low-e glass for conserving energy. Here are some tips for selecting a storm door:

  • Insulated metal or fiberglass doors are more durable than wood and provides better insulation; some estimates suggest that these materials can conserve up to five times the energy of similar doors constructed of wood.
  • Storm doors provide economical solution: If you want to save energy, but your exterior doors don't need replacing, storm doors can help conserve energy. Don't install a storm door where it will receive more than a few hours of direct sunlight, as this can cause damaging heat build-up between the storm door and the entry door.
  • Storm doors for patio sliders are seldom effective if you already have an energy efficient patio door. Consider using insulated window treatments indoors.

When shopping for storm windows, a primary consideration is accessibility and convenience; different configurations of screen and glass panels will likely provide a product that meets your needs.

Storm Windows and Doors: Don't Forget Weatherstripping

Installing new weatherstripping for doors and windows can help improve insulation and energy efficiency. Due to the movement of doors and windows and its exposure to weather, weather stripping can become warped and inefficient. Checking and replacing weatherstripping can help doors and windows save energy and prevent drafts.

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