Reducing Thermal Bridging in Your Home

Heating and cooling your home is likely more expensive than it has to be. If you are a homeowner, you’ve probably noticed your heating and cooling costs tend to fluctuate wildly depending on the season. During the winter, your heating costs are incredibly high. During the summer, your cooling costs are probably equally as high. You only have a few months of relief from the overwhelming costs of keeping your home comfortable. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. The key is to figure out why your costs are so high in the first place.

exteriors_6   Thermal Bridges

Your costs are so high in part because of thermal bridges. Thermal bridges are the parts of your home that allow heat to pass through. Since heated molecules are more active, they create areas of lower pressure. The colder air is always trying to move to the area of lower pressure. That means that during the summer, the hot air outside is coming into your home and the colder air inside is escaping. During the winter, the cold air is getting in and the warmer air inside is escaping. That causes you to pay a lot more than you should to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. You can address this, though.


Timber Door

A contemporary front door made by Kloeber can help reduce your energy costs. The doors are made from high-quality timber that doesn’t bridge heat as easily as other materials might. The doors are typically made from high-quality oak or other kinds of hardwood. High-quality wood makes a great insulation material because it is porous enough to capture moisture, but it’s dense and thick enough that it doesn’t allow air or heat to pass through. If you have a high-quality wooden door, you know that this is true. If you touch the inside of a door, it is probably the same temperature as the room inside. However, if you touch the outside of the door, it is probably the same temperature as the outside. That means that the heat is not being transferred.


How Much You Can Save

How much money you stand to gain is a little variable. It changes depending on where you live and how much you spend currently. For example, if you live in a very cold area and you have a low-quality door, a great timber door could save you hundreds of pounds every year. The savings are also dependent on how well the door fits. That’s why it’s so important for you to pick a door from a great door retailer. The quality of wood is fairly irrelevant if the door doesn’t fit very well. If the door doesn’t fit well, then the air just passes around the door and messes with the temperature inside your home. However, if you have a well-fitting door made of a high-quality wood, you don’t have to worry about any of that. You can reduce your energy costs while also improving the aesthetics of your house.