Nobody wants 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 result in 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 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 energy costs by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need 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
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable 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 during warmer months.
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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor assess your home will find the root of the problem and show you 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 Washington DC to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up reducing your utility costs. Making 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 (301) 327-3013 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Washington DC showroom to speak directly to a Pella MidAtlantic professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.