No one likes 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 occasionally require 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 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 you can do to save money—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 are in need of one of these assessments? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is if you’ve noticed any of the following problems 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 unwelcomed airflow into your house 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 in the summer.
Another major factor in the energy efficiency of your home is its age. The older that your home is, the older your insulation is, causing 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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor examine 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 contact our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Providence 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. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family 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 508-413-3004 or book a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Providence showroom to speak directly to a Pella Fall River professional and look at your money-saving choices.