Three Steps To Making The Door Of Your Tiny Home Energy Efficient

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Three Steps To Making The Door Of Your Tiny Home Energy Efficient

19 July 2016
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The most important method for keeping a tiny home's temperature regulated is to have a good, energy efficient door. The door will be the largest opening in the home and will allow massive heat exchange with the outdoors when opened. Tiny homes need to have energy efficient doors in order to make sure that the house remains at the optimal temperature and that heating and cooling the home is not an impossible task. Here are some ways to create an energy efficient door. 

Install a small window

A small window on a door is not just used for viewing the outside. The window will allow you to bring warmth into the home during the winters via sunlight. The light should be at the top of the door, to catch sunshine both on the ground level and the upper level if you have a loft bed inside of your tiny home. Be sure to install a blackout curtain in the window for privacy and to block out any sunlight if you want to decrease the heat. 

Try a heavy, oak door

A heavy door is one of the best ways to block out light, heat, and cold in order to regulate your home's temperature. An oak door can be fabricated for your home in particular after you determine your square footage, the size of the door opening, and the materials that make up your home. Be sure to install bolts and hinges that can handle the door's weight, and speak with your home manufacturer to be sure that the weight of the door can be supported. A heavy oak door will provide insulation because it can absorb either the heat or the cold on the exterior. Contact a contractor like Statewide Energy Solutions for more information on what doors would be best for your home.

Install an interior door seal

If your tiny home will be in an all-weather location, including rain, you will need to install a rubber door strip to the upper and lower portion of the door to seal any crevices. Make sure the strips that you choose can be attached through more than just a sealant glue. For instance, hammering the strips in as well is advisable to make sure the stripping does not come loose. For an entry door in a regular home, you will have more temperature regulation, even if there are small holes inside of the door. In a tiny home, the margin of error is smaller, and, therefore, you must make sure that a quality weatherstrip is permanently attached.