None of us like to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can at times entail 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 can be done to reduce your expenses—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save anywhere from 5–30 percent on your utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of 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
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer months.
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 cause irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is typical for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor examine your home will determine the root of the problem and show you how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to reach out to our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Annapolis 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 household more comfortable and save you money. 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 240-293-1068 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Annapolis showroom to speak directly to a Pella MidAtlantic professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.