No one likes to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Maintaining your home’s energy so that it 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 see 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 costs by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you should schedule one of these assessments? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is 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
These things 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 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 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 examine your home will identify 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 Grand Rapids to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Making 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 616-201-0206 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Grand Rapids showroom to speak directly to a Pella West Michigan professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.