None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Maintaining your home’s energy so that it is 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 see if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help pinpoint where your house is losing energy and steps you can take to help save on costs—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 should schedule one of these assessments? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during winter months
- Walls and joints on the exterior of the home that do not have a tight fit
- Insulation that is falling down
- An increase in energy expenses
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another big 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will identify the root of the problem and demonstrate 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 Traverse City to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up reducing your utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household more comfortable and save you cash. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some attention right away, give our experts a call at 231-538-2175 or book a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Traverse City showroom to speak directly to a Pella West Michigan professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.