Energy efficiency is a concern that many homeowners have when they consider the various steps that can be taken to reduce their energy costs. Looking at all of the various entry points in the home, especially the patio doors, you will be see a difference in the energy costs for the home. Most people overlook patio doors when it comes to energy.
How the U-factor works
U-factor is the standard that measures the intensity of the heat or cold transferred through the patio door surfaces. A lower rating for SHGC measures the quantity of rays passing through the patio door. Energy Star ratings can be important in determining whether or not a patio door application is meeting performance standards.
How patio door applications reduce air leakage
Air leakage is a major factor in energy costs for households. Using the cubic-feet-per-minute rate, you can measure how much air escapes or seeps through the patio door. If the amount of air leaked is minimized for maximum tightness, the energy costs will be impacted. Minimizing leakage often starts with proper installation. The quality of the installation job directly contributes to the leakage levels. Weather stripping serves as that added protective measure that minimizes air leakage with patio door applications.
How the glass contributes to energy efficiency
The various types of glass available for patio door assemblies can dramatically reduce energy costs. Triple pane glass is one of the more common patio door attributes that contribute to energy efficiency. These doors can contain the heat and humidity, which will lower energy expenses. Metallic coating is effective in lowering energy expenses for a home. UV-coating applied to window and door applications serve as a sunscreen, shielding occupants from harmful sun rays. A combination of these features reduces the intensity of heat that is transferred through the patio doors and effectively lowers energy costs. Lower U-factors for patio door assemblies translates into immediate savings for the average household.
How the frame makes a difference
The frame of the door applications is an essential component of the heat resistance capabilities. Fiberglass is a formidable material that provides the highest level of insulation. This minimizes air leakage, which can cause the heating and cooling systems to work that much harder to achieve the appropriate temperatures. Frames fabricated from vinyl supply substantial thermal insulation for homes. Aluminum frames are extremely energy efficient in that they reduce the heat loss. This means that the system won’t have to operate at intense temperature settings in order to supply adequate heating for the home. Wooden frames that clad with other materials enhance the insulation capabilities for the patio door. Composite applications for patio door assemblies offer excellent insulation.
Patio door systems should never be overlooked when considering the various options in reducing energy costs for the home. Not only does the composition of the patio door contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the door application, but the quality of the installation job contributes to the energy performance.
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