Properly winterizing your doors this winter can help increase your home’s energy efficiency by decreasing heating costs. A simple spot-check can help you winterize, and storm doors provide additional protection. Here are some tips to help you winterize your door.
Check for air leakage
First, check the insulating weatherstrip around the door.
Close your exterior door and run your hand along the edge from the inside(preferably on a windy day.) You can also light a candle or stick of incense and hold it near the side of the door to watch for airflow. Finding these spots will help you determine where the air is escaping from the house. If necessary, replace the weatherstripping to improve the seal.
Add Caulking or Spray Insulation
If the cold spots seem to be mostly coming from the trim as opposed to the door gaps itself, you might need additional insulation in the door frame itself. If you’re able, pry the interior trim from the around the door and check the framing. Caulking and spray foam go along way to help prevent cold spots.
Install a Storm Door
Adding a storm door to your home will provide an extra layer of protection against the harsh winter weather. Storm doors add a secondary barrier, which decreases the amount of airflow through your doors. Storm doors also protect your front door against the elements.
Harvey Building Products has several styles of storm doors (and other storm products) to suit your door winterizing needs from industry leaders such as Andersen and ProVia.
Storm Products Available at Harvey Locations
A storm door with both a glass and a screen insert allows you to enjoy the change in seasons by swapping them as the weather turns colder. Look for glass inserts that come with wool pile weatherstripping to provide extra protection against drafts. For a more durable storm door that will last for years to come, ask your contractor to go to Harvey.