Energy efficiency is affected by several factors in your home. For the most part, however, it has to do with keeping indoor temperatures as stable as possible. Stable temperatures mean being able to keep heating and cooling needs level, which prevents your HVAC system from working overtime and consuming too much energy. This is how an energy-efficient home generally saves on electricity.
How does a patio door figure in all this?
Like any opening in your home, a patio door can allow air to seep into or escape out of your home. There’s no helping the amount of air leakage while the door is in use, but we can maximize its energy efficiency when closed, by: 1) creating an airtight seal that prevents as much air leakage as possible; and 2) by limiting the amount of heat from the sun that penetrates through the glass.
What makes a patio door energy-efficient?
Think of a patio door as an oversized window. Like windows, patio doors harness energy efficiency through the sum of their parts – from the type of frame used to the kind of glass installed, each part of a patio door contributes to achieving energy efficiency. This is why it’s really important to pay attention to the kind of patio door you’re getting. Check for efficiency ratings, including U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and air leakage. The lower the numbers, the better the expected performance.
A Quick Note
Your patio door is just one opening that factors in on the overall energy efficiency of your home. To make the most out of an energy-efficient patio door, the rest of your home must be airtight as well. This means your windows and other doors must also sufficiently protect you from air leaks and unnecessary heat transfer, so you can enjoy real energy efficiency.
Did you know?
Americans spend about $150 a month for electricity alone. An energy-efficient home can save you an average of $37.50 each month, or $450 a year.
Another advantage? Patio doors are as beautiful as they are functional, combining form and function to boost home value. Want to learn more? Read on!