'Front door is key to energy efficiency'Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:29
Installing a new front door is the third most cost-effective method of reducing heating bills after loft and cavity wall insulation, according to a recent Government paper.
And a Nottingham-based company has now become the first to launch the most energy efficient composite door in the UK.
The heavily-insulated product by Door-Stop International has the highest rating given under a new scheme by the British Fenestrations Rating Council which grades products from A to E; with A being the most energy efficient.
The Door Energy Rating rainbow label is easily recognised by consumers because it is similar to those already seen on white goods and light bulbs.
Door-Stop International Managing Director, Nick Dutton, said: “The more energy efficient your doors are, the less heat you lose, the lower your energy bills will be. The energy efficiency of every door varies depending on the glass surface area, which type of glass is installed and all the other components.
“So when you choose a new entrance door now, the rainbow label will make it really easy to compare energy-efficiency as well as looks and cost.”
As a general rule, timber, aluminium and PVC-U doors are less energy-efficient than heavily insulated composite doors.