None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy 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 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 utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need one of these assessments? The best way to know is to ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during cooler 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By running your home through an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter 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 create 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 assess 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 team at Pella Windows and Doors in South Portland to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up saving you money in utility costs. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you more comfortable and save you money. 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 207-517-2331 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our South Portland showroom to speak directly to a Pella South Portland professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.