None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel 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 a big role in the energy efficiency of a home, and one of the ways to know if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help identify 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 energy costs by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need one of these assessments? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is if you’ve noticed any of the following problems in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during cooler 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 costs
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter months.
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 can offer 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 reach out to our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Gaithersburg to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up saving you money in utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family more comfortable and save you money. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 202-594-3979 or book a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Gaithersburg showroom to speak directly to a Pella MidAtlantic professional and look at your money-saving choices.