Do you realize how much cold air might be seeping into your home through your patio door? Traditional sliding and swing patio doors have a fairly poor track record for energy efficiency and cold air coming into your home, or hot air escaping, isn’t doing much to help your monthly electric bill. Now might be a good time for a patio door repair or replacement.
Patio doors are notorious sources of air leakage in homes. For sliding patio doors, it’s nearly impossible to affix weather stripping around the door to seal out cold air and keep the warm air in which is a quick fix available for most other types of windows and doors. If you’re experiencing this kind of problem and aren’t sure what to do, it might be wise to call in a door expert to check if you have a need for patio door repair to keep your loved ones warm this winter.
Increase energy efficiency
There are newer patio door models on the market with a much higher energy rating than older model doors. Some new door types even have blinds built into them to block the sun and cold air from seeping through large panes of glass. Other types of smaller panes of insulated glass to help increase the energy-efficient components of the door.
Choose the right door for the job
If the time has come to replace your patio door for a better model that will keep the cold winter weather outside where it belongs, consider choosing a swing-type door over a sliding door. Swing doors offer a higher degree of insulation because they can form a tighter seal around the perimeter of the door. Also, be sure you choose a door with a thermal break which is an insulation layer between panes of glass.