Were you affected by the Polar Vortex this year? Freezing cold temperatures ravaged much of the United States, and over here in California we were receiving a flurry of calls from customers who were trying to keep the cold out and shore up their pet doors. There are a number of ways to keep the cold out that we’ve outlined below.
Check Your Flaps
Older flaps can still be physically intact, but if you look at the sides they may be not sealing properly, meaning cold air is going to come into your house. Any light you see coming through the sides of the flap is going to translate to heat leaving your house. You can find new flaps here.
Does your Insulation or Weather Stripping Need Replacing?
On older panels or where a lot of direct sunlight hits the draft stoppers or weatherstripping, you may sometimes need to replace those a bit more frequently.
It May Be Time to Upgrade
If you have had a pet door for 15 years, chances are good that the technology has made leaps and bounds in terms of efficiency. Living in colder climates or having harsher winters can necessitate the need for dual flaps or more insulated flaps to keep it warm inside. If you have a slider insert, then you may want to look into dual-pane glass, as the glass itself can allow for insulation loss if it is only single paned. If you wish to upgrade to a more durable or insulating door, you can find some options here.
As far as the cold weather goes, we did some testing on some of the most popular door brands on the market to see what flaps shrink in the cold or would blow open in the wind. You can see the video results below (on any given day you can find a flap or two in our freezer, it’s a weird break room):