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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.

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How do I train my dog to use my doggie door?

Training your dog to use a doggie door is simple. The most common method of training a dog to use a doggie door is really just a matter of showing the dog the dog door, then putting yourself on one side of the dog door and your dog on the other and enticing him through by calling him or holding a treat.

Of course, when he does come through, reward him with the treat and spend a few minutes petting and playing with him before repeating the exercise. Many dogs will catch on in just a few minutes. Others will take a day or two. For the slower learners, try coaxing him through the dog door from both inside and outside of the house. If he seem very confused, try propping the door open at first, then lower it when he seems to understand what it’s for. Keep the whole exercise positive, be sure not to push your dog through the dog door or otherwise turn it into an unpleasant experience, and eventually he’ll get the idea.

To read an article I published on wikihow about training your dog to use a dog door click here

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My dog is chewing my walls! I need a dog door!

Recently I adopted a beautiful Labrador retriever mix from an organization called H.A.T.S. His name is Dupree and he is a great puppy, most of the time. Lately my dog has been chewing my walls and I think I need a dog door.

This is my first dog and I have been taking care of him for about five weeks now and I am looking forward to installing my own dog door later this week. This experience has really helped me understand why so many people are buying and installing dog doors. Here are a few of his behaviors I am noticing  pre dog door installation:

  • My dog scratches my new storm door when he wants to go outside.
  • My dog is out of control when I come home if I am gone more than a couple of hours.
  • My dog always finds something to chew other than his chew toys. This dog chews walls!!

It almost seems as if he is very bored and is finding anything possible to do to keep his mind and body stimulated.

I know from research and customer feedback that dog doors help to remedy these problems and provide even more benefits to the pet and pet owner. Now I get to see it first hand once my dog is using his new dog door.

So I have addressed some behaviors I have noticed in Dupree before dog door installation. Here are a few behaviors I have noticed in myself since taking care of Dupree.

  • To be honest, I don’t enjoy getting up every hour or so to let him out either. I didn’t mind at first but after a while it becomes a chore. I don’t want to feel that way and I want us to enjoy living together. I mean, that’s what we are kind of doing. We are living together sharing a living space. I love this dog and I want him to be as happy as he can be and If he wants to go outside all of the time I want to give him that opportunity.
  • It is challenging to schedule my day knowing I need to be near the house every four hours or so to let my dog out. Often times I have to rush home to let my dog out. My girlfriend helps me a great deal, however, sometimes she will be working all day too.
  • When we (my girlfriend and I) do come home after an being gone for a while our dog acts crazy! He is so full of excitement and misbehaves to the point we typically have to kennel him back into the kitchen so we can eat and relax. That doesn’t make sense at all. That is a lose lose for us and Dupree. I want to spend time with him when I am home.
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My dog keeps chewing up my dog door flap!

Mischievous dogs will chew up anything. I know first hand because my yellow lab puppy who we call Dupree chewed up my wall this afternoon while I was out. For dessert he chewed on some wires leading into the gas water heater! Now my dog keeps chewing up my dog door flap

So, how do you stop your dog from chewing on your dog door. Actually, your dog is probably chewing up the pet flap causing it to leak air and allow bugs into the house. Unless you buy an indestructible metal dog door a dog that chews will find a way to chew any type of pet flap out there. Here is the best answer I can give you and it has worked every time for all of our customers. Buy some Habanero Pepper (this can be found in the spice section of most stores) and some Vaseline. Combine the Habenero Pepper and Vaseline and smear it directly to the pet flap including all the areas your dog has tried to chew and others that our vulnerable to chewing. One taste of this and problem solved!

You can try this on anything your dog chews and this will work. Let me know if this helps and if you have any other tips or suggestions on how to stop your dog from chewing on the doggy door.

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Will a drafty pet door that leaks air raise my energy bill this winter?

YES!! A drafty pet door that leaks air into or out of your home will raise your energy bill. Even more so if you live in a climate that has extreme hot or cold weather throughout the year. With cold weather right around the corner you might be looking for the best pet door for winter. Read this taken directly from the Energy Star website:

More than any other time of year, you notice your home’s air leaks in the winter. Most people call these air leaks “drafts.” You may feel these drafts around windows and doors and think these leaks are your major source of wasted energy. In most homes, however, the most significant air leaks are hidden in the attic and basement. These are the leaks that significantly raise your energy bill and make your house uncomfortable.

If your looking the best pet door for the winter months be certain to find one that seals and allows zero air infiltration. It is a fact that Freedom Pet Pass pet doors reduces air infiltration over 190% better than the competition and reduces thermal loses by 35%. An Energy Star home sealing engineer tested the Freedom Pet Pass against the worlds best selling pet door to find this out and more… read full report

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How do I install your energy efficient wall mount pet door?

There are many things to consider when explaining how to install a pet door. If I addressed this question like a window installer that was asked to frame a window into a wall I would need to know how the outside wall of your home was constructed, ie location and supporting wall stud configuration, the outside (vinyl siding, brick veneer)and inside (dry wall, lap plaster) building materials attached to the inside and outside of that wall.

Is the location clear of utilities (electric, plumbing, cable etc.). The size of the window or in this case pet door to be installed. Lets not forget the elevation difference between the inside floor and the outside ground level the pet would traverse or the depth of the wall and tools necessary to safely finish this project with.

Our medium wall mount can be framed into walls like a vinyl replacement window or exterior door with out having to add a header. Our large wall mount pet door with a outside frame width of 16 inches wide can be attached directly to the outside side of 16 inch on center standard wall studs, This would give a recessed look with the exterior (siding etc.).

If the wall studs are wider than 16 inch on center then once again our pet door can be framed in between the studs and trimmed off in the same fashion your existing windows and doors have been trimmed on both the interior and exterior sides of your wall.

We don’t offer an aluminum wall tunnel kit because they are energy inefficient and still need to be framed in. We do offer a versatile energy efficient Pet door product at a price when compared to other wall mount products gives you a monetary difference that can be applied to the cost of installation, leaving you with a custom built draft free pet door application.

If the first two paragraphs seem a bit overwhelming, to summarize your question it may be better to ask who should install rather than how to install a freedom pet pass wall mount pet door. The answer to the second question “what is the difference in the two doors available”, one wall mount is 1 inch thick and houses both our flap system and security door. The other wall mount is a 1/2 inch thick and houses only the draft free, wind resistant flap system.

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Is your dog sleeping by the pet door this winter?

Where is your dog sleeping this winter? In your bed? In a Cage? In the kitchen? How about when you’re not at home? If you own a dog door, chances are you kennel him near the dog door, he lays there waiting for you to return, or likes hanging out by the dog door when you are home. Frigid winter weather is coming fast. Do you own a drafty pet door? Are you thinking of installing a pet door before winter? A leaky pet door can cause some potential health problems for your dog.

Dogs spending time near a drafty pet door can

– Wake up with stiff joints making it difficult for them to move

– Develop respiratory infections such as kennel cough or other infectious diseases

– Begin to shiver

– Create stress on the body

If your dog is spending time near a drafty pet door this winter you do have some options. A pet door that seals allowing no air leakage will seal in the comfort of your home and keep the cold weather outside. A thermal pet flap will keep the area near the pet door comfortable. Do you have a pet door that drafts air? If so, who makes it? Lets keep our dogs healthy and comfortable this winter!

For more cold weather tips read this ASPCA note tip #10

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What should I consider when buying a pet door?

What to consider when buying a pet door has changed. It used to be pet doors were considered nothing more than a mud flap covering a hole in the house the pet passed through. Features such as security doors to help prevent unwanted guests from entering and multiple flaps to reduce Mother Nature’s intrusion into the home have become the norm.

Energy efficient pet doors today require additional features. One such feature a quality pet flap requires is the ability to create and maintain an air seal.

Air Sealing an Existing Home

Air sealing is one of the most significant energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home. Air sealing will not just reduce energy costs; it will also improve your home’s comfort and durability.”  -DOE website

On  August  4 2009 a professional home energy auditor conducted among other tests, an air leakage blower door test, These were the results; The Freedom Pet Pass door did not have any detectable air leakage while performing the air leakage test.  As a bench mark we also tested the “World’s Best Selling Pet Door” in the same air leakage test, these were the results; The “World’s Best Selling Pet Door” door had significant air leakage while performing the air leakage test. A difference of Nineteen cubic feet of air draft per minute. This alone suggested The energy savings payback when comparing the Freedom Pet Pass and the “World’s Best Selling Pet Door” pet door would pay for the cost difference in approximately 60 months in air leakage alone.* Click here for full report

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Freedom Pet Pass Aces Air Leakage Test

Air leakage tests and thermal imaging were conducted on the Freedom Pet Pass and the “World’s Best Selling Pet Door”. The temperature and air leakage test conditions were identical for the dog doors tested. Ambient air was 65.7° F and test pressure was +50Pa.

 

The Freedom Pet Pass dog door did 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 with a total R-value of approximately of 0.35 did provide a decent thermal barrier.

 

The “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door” had significant air leakage while performing the air leakage test and the single layer of plastic with an approximate R-value of .25 did not provide a good thermal barrier.

Preliminary Test Results

Air leakage tests and thermal imaging were conducted on the Freedom Pet Pass, and the “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door”. The temperature and air leakage test conditions were identical for the dog doors tested. Ambient air was 65.7o F and test pressure was +50pa.
The Freedom Pet Pass dog door did 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 with a total R-value of approximately of 0.35 did provide a decent thermal barrier. The “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door”  had significant air leakage while performing the air leakage test and the single layer of plastic with an approximate R-value of 0.25 did not provide a good thermal barrier.

The preliminary test results indicate that the Freedom Pet Pass out preformed the competitive “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door” in air leakage test.

The main goals of air leakage control are to:

♦ Save energy.

♦ Increase comfort.

♦ Protect insulation’s thermal integrity.

♦ Reduce direct cooling or heating of people and building components by outdoor air.

♦ Avoid moisture migration into building cavities.

♦ Reduce vermin’s access to indoors.

♦ Reduce flow of air pollution from external sources.

♦ Reduce rainwater leakage.

♦ Enhance fire safety.
The energy savings through infiltration when comparing the Freedom Pet Pass to the “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door”; the unique magnetic seal of the Freedom Pet Pass  design reduces the infiltration by 190% when compared to the “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door”. Air leakage in buildings represents from 5% to 40% of the space-conditioning costs. Controlling air leakage is one of the most important functions.
The Freedom Pet Pass pet flap multi- layer design incorporating SBR rubber and two layers of marine grade canvas with a total R-value of approximately of 0.35 did provide a decent thermal barrier. The Freedom Pet Pass design reduces the thermal loses by 25-30% when compared to the “Worlds Best Selling Pet Door”.

Some dog door manufactures make claims that a double movable flap provides additional R-value due to a dead air space between the door flaps. When you talk about “two flaps” being more effective than one flap by creating dead air space, there are many factors to consider. In the case of a pet door, heat will be lost or gained anytime the door is used. How well the door is sealed will affect how much air infiltrates around the edges while it is closed, and how well-insulated the pet flap is will affect how much heat is transferred by conduction through the door. How fast the wind is blowing, the temperature difference between warm and cool areas, and the frequency of use will impact how fast heat is transferred as well. If you have a pet that prefers to stand or lay in the doorway keeping it open, you are back to a “hole in the wall” regardless of how well it works when closed. Testing indicates that due to the air leakage around the flaps of a double flap pet door; a dead air space is not truly created and therefore additional R-value cannot be substantiated.