If you’re considering an energy efficient exterior door, now is the time to take action. There are new tax incentives for homeowners who replace older, less efficient doors with an energy efficient entry door. You could get a tax credit – up to $1,500 per household – for energy efficient improvements made now through next year.
- ENERGY STAR: Make sure any door you choose is both ENERGY STAR qualified, and meets the addition requirements for getting a tax credit. Essentially, the door must have both a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and a U-Factor
- National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified means that a product helps homeowners save money on energy costs and protects the environment through energy efficiency.
- The R-Value, which is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher the R-Value of the energy efficient entry door, the better the insulation. For example, the typical R-Value of a six-panel wood door is a two whereas a fiberglass door system may have an R-Value of 10 or 12.