No one likes to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally require 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 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 energy costs 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By running your home through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer 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 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 can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor examine 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 Rochester to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family 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 507-847-1060 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Rochester showroom to speak directly to a Pella Rochester professional and look at your money-saving options.