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 occasionally 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 locate 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 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 concerns 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 in energy expenses
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer 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 create 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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor assess 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 call our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Greensboro 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 lowering your monthly utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household more comfortable and save you a few bucks. 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 336-203-0576 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Greensboro showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Greensboro professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.