Nobody wants 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 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 check if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help pinpoint 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 bill 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 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 on your utility bill
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through 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 can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will determine 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 call our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Wilmington to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Completing 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 attention right away, give our experts a call at 910-218-9596 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Wilmington showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Wilmington professional and look at your money-saving choices.