Benefits of Energy Efficient Exterior Doors & Patio Doors

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Exterior doors and entrance systems play a very important role in both our observation and utilization of residential buildings.

Some of the benefits new exterior doors can bring to your home and lifestyle, include:

REDUCED ENERGY COSTS

In the average Canadian home, space heating and cooling account for approximately 60% of its annual energy consumption and in many homes, the exterior doors and patio doors are the culprit for a significant percentage of this annual heat loss.  Thus, installing energy efficient doors in the home will cut back on both heating and cooling costs.

REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Reducing energy consumption is of great benefit to the environment.

INCREASED COMFORT

Thermally superior exterior doors and patio doors professionally installed help stop air leakage, cut drafts, reduce heat loss and minimize condensation.  As a result, a more comfortable living environment and glazed surfaces that feel warmer to the touch are achieved.

A HEALTHIER HOME

High performance units are more resistant to condensation so the relative humidity inside the home can be higher without causing condensation.  The air is healthier to breathe and static electricity reduced.

Maximum Humidity before Condensation Occurs

Outside TemperatureStandard WindowHigh Performance Window
0 °C50 %58 %
-10 °C38 %45 %
-20 °C26 %35 %
-30 °C18 %25 %
-40 °C12 %18 %

PEACE AND QUIET

High performance units properly installed result in reduced sound transmission.  This noticeable reduction in the transmission of outside noise creates a more peaceful environment inside the home.

INCREASED NATURAL LIGHT

High performance patio doors allow much larger glazed areas, permitting greater amounts of natural light to enter.  Natural light is easier on the eyes and adds a pleasant feeling to a room.  Increasing natural light can help reduce the electricity requirement for artificial lighting in areas of the home at certain times.

LESS COLOUR FADING

Light from the sun shining into a home can cause premature colour fading to furniture, carpets and textiles.  Standard Low E coatings reduce harmful UV rays passing through, which in turn, reduces the amount of colour fading.  Low E coatings are available that block even more sun light but could impact on the benefits of solar gain.

Source of Information: Sill to Sash

For more information, or if you’re interested in replacing any of the exterior doors in your home, please feel free to call our office at 519-664-2346 or fill out our contact form.

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