How to Stop Heat Transfer through Glass Doors

What You'll Need
Window film
Drapes or curtains
Flat head screwdriver
Philips head screwdriver
Cordless screwdriver

Glass doors are beautiful, but can pose a problem with the overall comfort of the room they are in. As sunlight enters your home, the glass doors can trap the light and convert it to heat. While this can be a great energy saving tip for the winter months, having the extra heat during the summer can make the room uncomfortable, and cause your cooling system to work overtime. There are several things you can do to help prevent the heat transfer through your glass doors.

Step 1 – Quick Fixes

While weather stripping your glass doors is a route that most people take to ensure that they will not have any issues with heat transfer there are some easy fixes as well. You will find that if you simply put up some curtains or drapes then this could significantly reduce the problems that you have with this issue. You can also try a window film, there are glass doors that come with these and you can also get the film to put on your window by itself. It is a good idea to try these first to see if they help with your problem before turning to weather stripping as it is not as easy of a fix.

Step 2 – Remove Plugs

Should you decide on weather stripping you will need to begin by removing the plugs that are in the door. In order to do this, you will need to get your flat head screwdriver. Look for the plugs to be between the bottom side of the rail along the edge. You will simply pop the plugs off by sticking the Philips head screwdriver between the frame and the plug.

Step 3 – Remove Door

In order to remove the door, you may need the help of a friend. The doors themselves are very big and awkward to carry. Start by getting the head stop disconnected. A cordless screwdriver is best for this task. Once you have done this, you will need to have the door halfway open. Make sure that someone is holding the door on both sides. From there, lift up on the door and then pull out the lower part of the track of the door. You will then remove the upper part of the door. Set it somewhere safe. Make sure that you have all of the screws nearby, label them if necessary so that you will be able to screw them back in with ease.

Step 4 – Place New Weather Stripping

Once you have removed the old weather stripping, simply get the new weather strip and line up along the stationary panel. Use mounting screws to secure it. Be sure to read the instructions that go along with the stripping.

Step 5 – Reattach Door

Once you have gotten all of the weather stripping attached you will be able to place the door back up in place.