None of us like 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 occasionally entail 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 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 costs 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 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go 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 create 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 come and look at your home will find the root of the problem and demonstrate how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to reach out to our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Lethbridge 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. 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 403-328-2517 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Lethbridge showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Lethbridge professional and look at your money-saving choices.