To maximize the investment, purchasing a door that can save you money by cutting your energy costs is an excellent choice. Exterior doors can be the ornate front door, home to garage entry door, or even a side door. Today's manufacturers such as Pella and Jeld Wen offer fabulous stylish choices that complement any home's architectural styling and are Energy Star approved. Placer Exteriors can install any energy efficient, compliant door of your choice.

When selecting an exterior door, one of the most important features is what it looks like today. It is how many homeowners choose their doors. But after you have decided on a style, you should look at what other options are available to make that entry an energy saver. Many brands allow customers to customize their doors, adding Low-E glass, or the choice of insulated frame material. Wood is one of the best options for exterior doors, and because it is energy efficient and sturdy. However, fiberglass and steel can also be great alternatives if you are shopping on a budget. Fiberglass and steel doors can be insulated with a polyurethane foam core which can help to make them more energy efficient.

Placer Exteriors is dedicated to installing energy efficient windows and doors in homes. It allows our customers to save money on their heating and cooling cost. When selecting your next exterior door upgrade consider one of these great brands below. There are also a few models provided that can help you to choose the series by the name that is the most energy efficient.


Committed to providing energy efficient windows and doors, Andersen goes the extra mile on their products to warrant that they can meet or exceed the standards of being energy efficient. In fact, Andersen has been an Energy Star partner since the beginning. They use wood in many of their designs, which offers better thermal performance. Andersen has also developed Fibrex, which is a composite material that is 2x stronger than vinyl and performs much better in extreme weather conditions.

  • Andersen A-Series

Therma Tru

Therma Tru has a beautiful selection of exterior doors that are recognized by Energy Star as being energy efficient. They have several models that exceed expectations for appearance and energy saving. Therma Tru uses a combination of materials to ensure doors are keeping homes insulated, and that reduce heat gain. Many of their products feature high energy efficient R-values which is what you want precisely in an exterior door. Their energy saving series include:

  • Classic Craft
  • Traditions
  • Pulse
  • Smooth-Star
  • Profiles
  • Fiber-Classic


Pella is one of the most well-known manufacturers of exterior doors. They craft high-quality, stylish products that are perfect for any style home. If you are looking for variety, Pella is a great brand. Pella's products are a little more expensive than other brands, but the quality and energy saving materials they put in are well worth the investment. Offering many energy-saving features in their products including, triple pane glass filled with argon, Low-E glass coatings, and high-quality woods. Their Energy Star Series is:

  • Pella Designer Series 750

Jeld Wen

As an Energy Star partner, Jeld Wen has been committed to giving their customers excellent products that are crafted with state of the art materials for being energy efficient. Jeld Wen has glazing packages to further help with heat loss or heat transfer on many of their windows and doors. Some of their exterior doors can lower a homeowner's energy cost by 7 to 15%. Their Energy Star Series can include:

  • Smooth Pro Fiberglass
  • Aurora Custom Fiberglass
  • Design Pro Fiberglass


Masonite typically uses steel and fiberglass in the construction of their exterior doors. It is an excellent feature for those looking for a right balance between cost and energy saving. They have a few different models that provide a stylish upgrade if you are looking to replace your older exterior doors. Their energy efficient models can include:

  • VistaGrande
  • Fiberglass Sidelite
  • Expo


Milgard crafts exterior doors with their customer's climate in mind. They exceed expectations when it comes to energy saving, and are committed to giving their customers products that will save them big time on their energy bill. All glass that is used in their exterior doors uses one of the forms of their Low-E coating which could be their SunMax or SunCoat coatings. Their energy efficient series include:

  • The Tuscany Series
  • The Montecito Series


Simpson crafts doors that are built for both durability and energy saving. Many or most of their options are constructed from wood. Their exterior doors are fitted with better weather-stripping to provide better efficiency. They only use the highest quality in their door productions to ensure the best results. Their glass products also feature insulated glass to better help with heat loss. Their energy efficient series include:

  • Mastermark Collection
  • Craftsman Collection