Regardless of how energy-efficient your entry door is, storm doors add insulation, security and versatility to your home. Even the best storm doors, though, will need a few periodic adjustments. Follow the door manufacturer's guidelines and the steps below to keep your door in good working order.
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Step 1. Test latches and adjust as needed. A properly functioning storm-door latch draws the door tightly and securely into the frame and holds it in place. A loose door lets air in around the edges.
Step 2. Add a wind chain if your storm door doesn't have one. Wind chains prevent doors from blowing open and off the hinges. Set the chain so that the door will not open more than 90 degrees. You can temporarily disconnect the chain if you need to open the door further.
Step 3. Adjust door-closer tension to close the door securely. The tension on most closers is adjustable so that you can set the door to close without slamming. Most closers also lock in place to hold doors open when necessary, making much easier on the people delivering your new couch.
DIY Tip: A good seal around your storm door will help keep heat and air conditioning for escaping. Choose a spray-on sealant that is latex-free, sandable, stainable, and paintable.
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