One of the benefits of having a dog door is that you can save hundreds of dollars annually in decreased energy costs. These savings arise from not having to continuously open a big door. The savings vary drastically according to your current situation (outside air temperature, the settings of your HVAC unit, etc…). Importantly, these savings can be maximized by choosing the right pet door for your home.
Climate is a big issue. In mild climates a vinyl flap door such as those made by Pet Safe can be sufficient, but in harsher climates one should consider upgrading to an insulating door such as Plexidor. The plexidor has molded panels that give it a “thermoplane” effect as well as quality weatherseal. These features give the door its temperature and wind resistance that serve to save you on your power bills.
If you live in a cold place such as Michigan, if you live in a hot place such as Florida, or if you live in a windy place like Wyoming, then chances are you could lower your power bill by installing a better-insulated door such as the Plexidor.
The most visited site on the internet for dog doors is:
http://www.doggiedoor.com is also a great resource web site for those with an interest in dog doors.
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