None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally result in updates on your current system. Replacement windows and doors play an important role in the energy efficiency of a home, and one of the ways to check if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save anywhere from 5–30 percent on your energy costs by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need one of these assessments? The best way to know is to ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during colder months
- Walls and joints on the exterior of the home that do not have a tight fit
- Insulation that is falling down
- An increase on your utility bill
Several of these items can be caused by undesirable airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another major factor in the energy efficiency of your home is its age. The older that your home is, the older your insulation is, which can create irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is more common for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will identify the root of the problem and offer tips on how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to contact our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Greenfield to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, taking the time to make a few improvements to your house could end up reducing your utility costs. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family more comfortable and save you cash. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some fixes right away, give our experts a call at (413) 829-0299 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Greenfield showroom to speak directly to a Pella Greenfield professional and look at your money-saving options.