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 at times 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 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 energy bill by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of one of these assessments? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues 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
These things can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By giving your house an energy audit, you can reduce 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 cause irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is not uncommon 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 find 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Raleigh to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up lowering your monthly utility costs. Making 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 tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 919-324-0196 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Raleigh showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Raleigh professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.