No one likes to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can occasionally result in 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 identify where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money—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? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues 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
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By running your home through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another key 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 can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will determine 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 team at Pella Windows and Doors in Norwalk to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up saving you money in utility costs. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household more comfortable and save you cash. 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 203-663-3778 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Norwalk showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Norwalk professional and look at your money-saving choices.