Nobody wants to waste money, and no one likes to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Maintaining your home’s energy so that it is at peak performance can sometimes require updates on your current system. Replacement windows and doors play a large 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 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 energy bill 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 problems 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 on your utility bill
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your home 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 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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will identify 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 contact our experts at Pella in North Carolina 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. Performing 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 tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 866-539-4196 or book a consultation with us online. You can always check out our North Carolina showroom to speak directly to a Pella of North Carolina professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.