Freedom Pet Pass – energy efficient pet doors?
Our dog has had one too many accidents on our living room carpet while we’re away at work. My other half tells me either to a) install a dog door so our pooch can go outside to do his business…or b) bring him to doggie daycare at ~$20/day. While I don’t like the idea of a dog door (every one I’ve seen leaks like crazy), $20/day would quickly cover the cost of a PV system I want to install.
I found one pet door from Freedom Pet Pass (http://energyefficientdogdoors.com/) that claims air leakage of 0.03 cfm/ft^2 & U factor of 0.30 (http://energyefficientdogdoors.com/air-leakage-u-factor-test-results), making it the only dog doors that meet the California Energy Commission requirements for pet doors. They also claim to have installed one on a Passive House that achieved a 0.2 ACH50 (http://energyefficientdogdoors.com/insulated-dog-doors#airtighttesting).
1. Does anyone have any data or experience on actual energy efficiency & durability from Freedom Pet Pass or other energy-efficient pet doors?
2. Can you suggest any alternate strategies other than a pet door to the house? To my other half’s chagrin, I’ll consider building a insulated doghouse with a small HVAC (http://www.climaterightair.com/applications/outdoor-dog-house-air-conditioner-and-heater.html) and leaving our dog outside during the day. I haven’t tried to run the numbers on this option, however I don’t imagine that would be a very good solution.
Thoughts greatly appreciated,
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