Kansas Climate Recommendations
True Kansans are prepared for every kind of weather — from scorching summer heat and possible tornado warnings to below zero winter temps. Your local climate is one of the factors to think about before choosing a wood door, and in Kansas, the weather can change quickly. To prepare your home for the drastic changes in temperature, you should know:
Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Low-E insulating glass on doors, transoms, and sidelights can help keep your home more comfortable and your energy costs down.
The elements can cause wear and decreased door performance. The direction your door faces (South and West exposures tend to expose a door to more sun) and whether or not your entry door is located under a covered entrance, overhang, or porch roof can affect performance. Protect the look of your front door with a storm door to keep your main entrance looking great for years.
For better efficiency and lower heating and cooling costs in the Kansas climate, choose glass with SHGC and U-values of 0.3 or lower on your wood entry doors. The northernmost reaches of the state would benefit from a higher SHGC due to the colder temps.