[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we rapidly approach the holidays, the weather is cooling off and you may find yourself cranking up the heat in your Davis home. Unfortunately, if that home currently features drafty front entry doors, you may be wasting your time and your money while still having to face the cold. In fact, according to the American Energy Association (AEA), nearly 60% of the energy wasted in the average American household escapes through the windows and doors. This can add hundreds to your annual energy expenses, not to mention make the holidays a bit uncomfortable for you and the family. The good news is, there are steps that can be taken in order to protect your home and your front entry doors from the cold.

First, Know Your Doors

You want to know the level of insulation your front entry doors are currently providing to your home before getting hit with cold weather or a pricy energy bill. Try simply asking yourself the following questions to better determine how much help your front entry doors will need this winter: How often do you feel cold in your home? Have you already begun to notice a spike in your energy bills (however subtle it may be)?  Do you notice it gets cooler right around your door frame? Have you noticed your front entry door has become harder to open and close? If you’ve answered yes, then you should definitely take extra precautions this winter.

Start with the Finishes

One major cause of drafts and gaps in your door frame is the presence of extra moisture. You can typically tell if you’ve noticed any paint peeling, any cracking or deterioration or water damage on your front entry door. While this could be temporarily fixed for the season with caulking around your doorframe, you may want to consider replacing your front entry door with a more weather resistant model in the future.

Always Check Your Locks

The older the doors, the more likely the security hardware in it has become worn down and is allowing energy to escape. Check to see if your locks are loose or if they require extra jiggling to get them to work in the first place. This is a strong sign that there’s a gap somewhere within the door and a good amount of energy will be lost. While you can try and seal up the lock area, the only real solution to this is to replace your front entry door. Wear and tear of such measures isn’t easily fixed and you’ll find yourself spending more on annual repairs than you would on a replacement.

One of the easiest ways to make sure your home is ready for the holidays is by simply upgrading to strong, weather resistant, energy efficient entry doors that will last for years to come. At Rocket Doors, you’ll find front entry doors that you’ll love anytime of year. They look great while protecting your home and your wallet! To start shopping for your new front entry doors in Davis, CA, call 707-689-5147 or visit our showroom floor located at 1639 E Monte Vista Avenue #L103 Vacaville, CA 95688.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]