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5 ways it pays to install an insulated dog door that seals airtight

Heating and cooling accounts for 50-70% of the energy costs for the average home. Dog doors haven’t changed much over the years and an insulated dog door that seals airtight is long over due. Installing an insulated dog door is a simple way to save.

A dog door that is not insulated and leaking air will negatively affect the energy efficiency of your home. A leaky dog flap results in heat loss in the winter and heat entering your home in the summer. It pays off to install an insulated dog door and keeps paying off with better comfort and energy savings.

The top 5 reasons to install an insulated dog door include

  • Improved home comfort
  • Better energy efficiency
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Lifetime of savings
  • Lower energy bills

Where do I find the most insulated dog door?

It is very important to find an insulated dog door to reap the benefits. One factor that is even more important than insulation is air sealing. Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment. Read more about what the Department of Energy has to say about air sealing

Freedom Pet Pass pioneered the first dog flap that seals airtight using patent-pending air sealing technology for an airtight seal. The thermal pet flap is made entirely of thermal materials that reduce the flow of heat transfer. The stable thermal performance of these insulated materials can result in significantly lower heating and cooling costs – savings that really add up over the life of the dog door.

The first dog door to independently test its performance gives you peace of mind.

An independent Energy Star home sealing engineer performed an air leakage and thermal imaging test on the Freedom Pet Pass pet door. Their pet flaps do not have any detectable air leakage while performing the air leakage test, and the multi-layer of SBR rubber and two layers of marine grade canvas come in with a total R-value of approximately of 0.35.  R-value is an indication of how well a material insulates. Click here for complete test results performed by an independent Energy Star home sealing engineer

Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog doors have earned endorsements from energy experts.

Energy Star partners including, but not limited to, Energy Federation Incorporated, Battic Door, and Building Performance by Design recommend installing the Freedom Pet Pass brand pet door into your home. Recently this line of energy efficient dog doors qualified as a recommended home sealing product for the innovative passive homes that are very popular Europe and beginning to pop up here in the States. Passive homes are smarter homes that can reduce energy consumption upwards of 90%.

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A dog door that is insulated in combination with air sealing prevents air leakage into and out of the house. Pay attention to the little things and the big things will follow. A dog door may seem small in term of application; however, a leaky dog flap can have a severe impact on the energy efficiency of your home leaving you with big problems to solve. Learn more about Freedom Pet Pass insulated dog doors. See for yourself why Freedom Pet Pass is the leading energy efficient dog door.

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How to Stop Earwigs & Other Bugs From Coming In Through Your Pet Door.

Are you looking for a simple way to stop earwigs and other bugs from coming in through your pet door? Are you shopping for pet doors and concerned that the pet doors you are finding in the pet stores and online are going to allow the insects to come inside and bug you. Pun intended. Imagine if the doors and windows in your home didn’t seal airtight. Imagine all the bugs that would crawl in to begin duplicating inside of your home. Not a pleasant thought at all.

Pet flaps that let light shine through act as a beacon attracting insects to the portal into your home. Earwigs for example, infiltrate your home through tiny creases and look for somewhere to nest and lay eggs. Earwigs find areas of your home that are not completely sealed like screen windows, basements, and the stripping at the bottom of your door.

Imagine how easy it is for that earwig to crawl through a pet flap that doesn’t seal airtight. Most pet doors offer pet flaps that blow open in the slightest wind.  Unless a pet flap seals airtight then it is certain that bugs are coming through. You may not catch them  in the act but I assure you they are finding places to nest inside of your home.

Pet flaps haven’t changed much over the past 30 years and a pet flap that seals airtight is long overdue. Freedom Pet Pass specializes in energy efficient pet doors and pioneered M.E.S.S.A. sealing technology and has applied this breakthrough sealing technology to pet doors. Now you can enjoy all of the fantastic benefits a pet door provides you and your pet while having the peace of mind that those pesky bugs are not coming in through your pet’s new portal to the backyard.

Freedom Pet Pass is the pet door that Energy Star Partners recommend. Look around and see what you have been missing.

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Which Pet Door Flap is Best: Transparent or Opaque?

Common questions our customers ask us include: Why is your pet flap opaque? Why not a transparent pet flap like the other pet door manufacturers? Should my pet be able to see through the pet flap? Won’t light passing through the pet flap help my pet locate where the pet door is and see that is safe to go outdoors? Whether the pet flap is a dog door flap or a cat flap, ultimately you want your pet to interact with the pet door without any problems while providing you with peace of mind that what you install is safe and practical addition to your home.

Transparent pet door flaps are typically standard when shopping for a pet door. This pet door flap will allow light to pass through whether day or night. Considering there is no evidence that pets use their eyesight to locate the pet door, light passing through the pet door flap is not necessarily a benefit. Pet’s do however rely on the scent of the trail they leave coming and going through the pet door to locate it.

Pets are cautious by nature. Because pets rely mostly on their sense of smell and ears to anticipate danger, being able to see outdoors through the pet door flap will not help your pet. And there is no evidence that a pets eyes can focus through a transparent screen. A very common disadvantage is that when it is dark outside the light from inside your home acts as a beacon attracting unwanted animal visitors to your home, especially insects! Another disadvantage is the material transparent pet flaps are typically made of scratch easily which provides a place for bacteria to build up which can affect your pets health. This type of flap material is often very difficult to clean. The material used to make this type of flap also has a tendency to warp, crack, and fade from exposure to the sun and cold weather.

We use an opaque pet door flap for several reasons. We have determined there is no evidence that a transparent pet door flap is easier for your pet to locate and use. Our goal is do design a pet door flap that provides you and your pet with as many benefits as possible. A pet flap that doesn’t allow light to pass through will prevent the beacon scenario mentioned above from happening. In other words, our pet door flap doesn’t attract insects or unwanted animal visitors.

Another benefit our opaque flap offers is in the materials we use to create it. We hand sew marine grad canvas over a thermal rubber material. The thermal rubber provides many insulating benefits and its is extremely flexible and easy for your pet to use. This flap will not warp, crack, or fade and has been tested in temperatures ranging from -40 to 160 degrees F.

The canvas coating is scratch resistant which prevents an area for bacteria to build up. This canvas material is very easy to clean and disinfect. In reality, whether or not a pet door flap is transparent or opaque is of no importance to your pet. If pet safety, quality and thermal properties of the pet flap material, and preventing insect or animal infiltration, is important to you aFreedom Pet Pass pet door maybe what your looking for.

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“Snake Proof” your pet door, snakes will come through a pet door that doesn’t seal

Does your pet door seal airtight or are there any gaps that a snake can fit through? Pet doors are commonly overlooked access points for snakes, and must be sealed or removed to prevent snakes from entering your home. Outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats and some dogs capture and kill millions of frogs, lizards, snakes, and birds each year, and are often responsible for bringing snakes into homes – usually through pet doors!

This is an actual e-mail conversation with a customer. Please excuse the language. This is as authentic as it gets.

Customer – “So will these doors keep the heat out when it is 115 degrees outside?  Will your materials warp in the sun?  Will it lose color?  Will it keep them big bull diamond backs out of my living room?   What is to stop all them damn fiddle back spiders from rippin into my ass?  Is the door Star rated?

The pet door line looks very attractive. We are looking to get a fence put up in our yard for Simba “the dog” and one of your doors would work in our garage back door.”

Freedom Pet Pass – “Great to hear from you.  How funny!  Yes, we got your back and your butt covered!  It will keep the 115 degrees out, will not warp or lose color.  We recommend the new cedar door mount to keep the snakes and spiders out.  We are not yet energy star rated but are sold by energy star partners.   Energy star will not favor a single manufacturer for testing, there needs to be several pet door manufacturers that can produce a seal comparable to ours.”

Customer – “This is no joke.  I am out in Lawton, Oklahoma and I have been here now for 15 months.  One night I thought I had a snake in my apartment!  Did you know you can feel your heart beat in your face cheeks?”

Imagine finding out bugs, snakes, or other creepy things coming in though your pet door. I’m glad my pet door seals airtight. Invest in a pet door that seals and you will have the peace of mind knowing that snakes and bugs stay outside. Unless your pet brings them in. Look around to learn more about the best sealing pet door you can install into your home.

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If you want to read more about how to “snake proof” your home read this interesting piece. Dealing With Snakes – Preventing Negative Encounters

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Wind no longer blows dog door open…another great pet door review

We really appreciate the feedback about the energy efficient dog door we manufacture and hopes this helps solve a very common problem of dog door pet flaps blowing open and leaking air. Maybe you can relate to the following pet door review. All she wants is a dog door that stops the wind.

“Hi Brian,

I just got my new dog door installed today and it is magnificent.  After years of a dog door that blew more wind into the house than you could believe, despite putting new magnets and trying everything we could to make it work, I finally have a dog door that keeps my bedroom warm and toasty.  Last week it was freezing in here, and today it is super warm (I have a woodstove in the next room, but with the old dog door, it didn’t have a chance.).  I worried when I ordered yours that it would not work any better than the old one, but the high quality is immediately clear just on seeing the door, and now that it is in the door, I am so grateful that you figured out how to make a dog door that actually stays closed.  And my dog immediately learned how to use it even though it is a bit different looking from the old one.  I don’t have a digital camera so I can’t post photos, but if anyone has an outside door that has panels in the lower half, my handyperson figured out a great way to install it and I’m sure he’d be willing to share that with anyone else.  I actually was so blown away by how good it was, that I wanted to write this review so others who discover your door via the web will know it’s as good as you promised.  Thanks so much!”
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Worried about other animals using your dog door?

If you install a dog door with a clear plastic flap or install a dog door that leaks air, all of them do, there is a chance other animals may attempt to use your dog door. The chance of this happening is much higher if you live in a rural area. There is a solution to this problem. Install a dog door that seals airtight that offers a pet flap that is opaque, a pet flap that blocks light from passing.

  • Animals rely heavily on their sense of smell, therefore, if the dog door seals airtight the wild animals will not investigate the area. A pet flap that leaks even a small amount will attract animals to investigate.
  • During the night, some animals are drawn to light and a clear pet flap acts as a beacon attracting unwanted animal visitors to your home to investigate. An opaque pet flap that seals airtight keeps light from passing through and keeps animals from approaching.

There is only one dog door that seals airtight. The Freedom Pet Pass dog door. The Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog door offers and opaque pet flap that blocks light and radiant energy. This energy efficient dog door might be just what you are looking for if you are concerned about animals using your dog door.

Did you install a dog door that leaks and has an unwanted animal visitor entered your home?

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Energy efficient dog door featured on another premier home sealing website

BatticDoor.com is a website a company that strives to help you save money, conserve energy, and improve the comfort and performance of your home by sealing drafts and air leaks from a number of often overlooked and hard to fix sources.

BatticDoor.com offers several energy conservation products for the home that are designed to stop drafts through the five most overlooked intentional openings in the house: the attic stairs, the whole house fan, the fireplace, the clothes dryer, and the bathroom fan. BatticDoor.com added another intentional opening, the dog door.

I read about this company and I am very impressed by the media attention given to this company for the innovative, energy saving products they develop and distribute. BatticDoor.com products have been featured on programs such as Good Morning America. The Do It Yourself (DYI) network and HGTV also feature BatticDoor.com products. Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog doors are again being recognized as the leader in energy efficient dog doors. The Freedom Pet Pass dog door allows zero air infiltration and seals better than any other dog door. Consumers wanting to buy an energy efficient dog door know for certain who makes the dog door they want to install into thier home to save energy and save money. Please visit BatticDoor.com and learn about other home sealing products that will save you money. BatticDoor.com is an easy to use website that offers a great deal of helpful links to learn even more about saving energy and energy efficiency. If you have a dog door installed in your home now is a good time to replace that leaky dog door that allows drafts into your home with a dog door that seals airtight and saves you money. Seal in the comfort of your home with a Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient dog door.

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Live in Canada and looking for an energy efficient dog door?

Update

25 July 2018 – An update for our Canadian friends… we’re proud to announce the launch the new Freedom Pet Pass Canada website (https://freedompetpass.ca)!

The Freedom Pet Pass door is perfect for harsh Canadian winters, and now it’s even easier to buy one from Canada. Freedom Pet Pass Canada has all pricing in CAD and multiple shipping options for fast delivery right to your door.

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Do you live in Canada and looking for a dog door that seals airtight and is energy efficient? You are not alone. The Canada climate boasts some very extreme weather and the majority of dog doors on store shelves in Canada break down. If you know someone who installed a dog door chances are the pet flap is very leaky and allows cold drafts into the home. Not to mention the massive amounts of energy lost which gets very expensive. Maybe you currently own a dog door like this. Don’t worry, there is a solution to the leaky dog door problem

Freedom Pet Pass pet doors are the leader in energy efficient dog doors in the United States. They are the only dog door that has a proven draft free seal. In fact, Energy Star home sealing engineers consider this to by far be the best sealing dog door on the market. Yet they are so comfortable for pets to use even a cat can pass through the pet door when the pet flap is adjusted to do so. With the massive movement to “go green” spreading all over the world it’s no question why Freedom Pet Pass is shipping dog doors all over the world.

So if you live in Canada and want an energy efficient dog door check us out. We might be just what you are looking for. I know the shipping is a bit more than if you were to order a dog door in Canada, however, the money you save  in energy savings will make up for that.

Do you live in Canada and own a drafty dog door? Do you live in Canada and want to install an energy efficient dog door but are not happy with what is offered? What are you looking for in a dog door?

Watch this demo showing the Freedom Pet Pass withstand a leaf blower.

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Does your pet door leak water into your home?

Does your pet door leak water into your home? You are not alone. Many pet doors do leak water into the home because they do not seal air tight. Many pet doors claim to seal well or create a weather tight barrier. However, when these pet doors are installed and exposed to wet weather you notice flaws in the “weather tight barrier”. Even if your pet door has several pet flaps all you are really getting is more than one leaky pet flap.

Freedom Pet Pass manufactures the only pet door to allow zero air infiltration which is in big part why it is know as the most energy efficient pet door you can buy. Another benefit of creating that airtight seal is the fact that rain and moisture will not penetrate the pet flap and enter your home. This is  a very important yet often overlooked benefit of a pet door. If your pet door leaks you already know what I am talking about. Here is a short video we put together to show you how well the Freedom Pet Pass performs with water shooting directly at our pet flap for over 30 minutes.

Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient pet door prevents water from leaking into your home So if you own a leaky pet door see what you have been missing. We are here to help you find an energy efficient pet door to replace your leaky pet door. Contact us if you need help or have questions. If you are shopping for a pet door for the first time read more of this blog to identify some helpful tips on what to look for when you are buying a pet door. We may not have the right pet door for you, but we may help make you aware of what features and benefits are important to you.

Does your pet door leak water into your home? Is it a door mount pet door or wall mount pet door. Who makes it? What are some important features and benefits you look for in a pet door? Did this video help show you how our pet door prevent water infiltration?

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Energy efficient pet door now distributed by Energy Star partner EFI

The Freedom Pet Pass energy efficient pet door  now the first and only pet door distributed by Energy Federation Incorporated (EFI). EFI is an Energy Star Partner and has grown to become one of the leading residential distributors of energy efficiency-related products in the United States. EFI believes that increased energy efficiency and energy conservation do not necessarily require sacrifices in people’s quality of life.

Indeed, more efficient products often perform better than conventional products, in that they last longer, as well as save people money through lower utility bills.

Consumers that want an energy efficient home to save money and the environment visit EFI’s website to learn which manufacturers offer the most energy efficient products in their categories. Our energy efficient pet doors are now side by side with the best of the best in the category of home air sealing and insulation products.

EFI also features a wholesale division that sells directly to contractors, builders, designers, and ECO agencies. If you fall into this category you may qualify to receive these products at wholesale.

We at Freedom Pet Pass are very proud to be the leader in energy efficient pet doors. We would like to thank EFI for recognizing us as the best sealing pet door and are humbled to be featured next to established industry leaders in home sealing. We are also excited consumers are learning the truth about home sealing and how important it is to install energy efficient products into their home. If you own a pet door see what your missing. Installing an energy efficient pet door will save energy, save the environment, and save you money. Learn more about the Freedom Pet Pass and join the movement toward saving energy.

If you are looking to make your home energy efficient visit EFI for other products that will impact the amount of energy you use and lose. Do you own a pet door that leaks? Who makes it? Did you know even pet doors with more than one flap leak air into your home? Do your homework before you install a pet door. Purchase one that is best for you.