No one likes to waste money, and no one likes to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can sometimes result in 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 see 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 concerns 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 costs
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. 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 key 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 Beltsville to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up lowering your monthly utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you more comfortable and save you a few bucks. 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 (301) 327-3013 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Beltsville showroom to speak directly to a KC Pella professional and look at your money-saving choices.