No one likes 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 entail 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 see if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help identify 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 need one of these assessments? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following concerns 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 on your utility bill
These things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden pathways. By running your home through an energy audit, you can minimize 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor assess 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 professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in West Springfield to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home 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 a few bucks. 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 (413) 561-7599 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our West Springfield showroom to speak directly to a Pella Greenfield professional and look at your money-saving options.