Last week we discussed the important of weather stripping to conserve energy, but there is another way energy leaves the building – through poorly installed door hardware. Here are some ideas using door closers to make your doors more efficient during the cold winter months.
1.) Be sure the door is equipped with a door closer.
- A closer allows the door to efficiently close and latch on its own, instead of relying on the person using the door to manually close and secure the door.
- If the door is equipped with a door closer, check that it is being used as efficiently as possible:
- Be sure the closer has enough force to fully close the door and engage the latch.
- Be sure that the closer has enough force to hold the door in the closed position if the door does not latch each time the door is used.
2.) Be aware of the speed of the door closer.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires doors to have a minimum closing time of five seconds to move the door from an open position of 90 degrees to a point of three inches from the latch position.
If the closer is not working properly, you could be losing more energy than you think.
How much energy is lost every time your doors are used?