Having a pet door offers a lot of convenience for pet owners. You no longer have to deal with your cat or dog meowing or barking at the back door 50 times a day. You don’t have to worry about your pet having an accident in the house when you’re away for a few hours. And, your pet will be much happier when they’re able to come and go at their leisure. But when considering whether to move forward with the idea, many people confront the same concerns regarding dog door installation in Orange County, CA. This blog will address those common concerns for you.
Choosing a Location
One concern pet owners have is regarding where they should install their pet door. While the back door is the most common location, this doesn’t work for everyone. If that’s the case for you, don’t let that stop you. Dog doors can be installed in windows and walls as well. So, for example, if you have a basement with ground-level windows, and you want your dog or cat to be able to go in and out of the basement, you can install the pet door in your window for them to use.
There are many more options for where to install your pet door than most people realize. So, don’t feel like you’re limited to putting it in a door. Choose the location that’s most convenient for you!
Another concern many people have about pet doors is how they will impact the energy efficiency of your home. This is a valid concern; after all, you’re essentially adding a hole to the exterior of your home. But pet doors can be insulated quite well, minimizing their impact on your utility bills.
For the most energy-efficient dog door possible, you should look for features including double or triple flaps; thermal plastics; and some sort of sealing mechanism for the flap, such as an electronic locking function or powerful magnets in the edges of the flaps. These features will help to keep the pet door well insulated throughout the year.
Some people are also concerned about having to make a permanent change to their home to accommodate the pet door. This is especially a problem for renters, who are typically forbidden from making major changes to their home or apartment. However, many pet doors are designed to work without making a permanent change to your home.
For example, if you have a sliding glass door, you can purchase an insert with a pet door in it. The insert simply locks into the track and becomes a stationary part of your glass door. When you leave the home, you can easily remove the insert without worrying about damage to the home. Similar inserts can be purchased for sash windows that open and close vertically, so you can even add a pet door to a window without making a permanent alteration to your home.
Hopefully this information alleviates some of your concerns regarding installing a pet door. If you want to have a door with a dog door in Orange County, CA, but you have other concerns not addressed in this article, please feel free to reach out to us at Danjo Windows. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions and help you design a custom dog door to meet your needs. Call us today at 714-460-9871.