No one likes to waste money, and no one likes to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can at times result in 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 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 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 issues 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can reduce 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at 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 reach out to our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Portsmouth to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, taking the time to make a few improvements to your house could end up reducing your utility costs. Completing 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 fixes right away, give our experts a call at 603-427-0677 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Portsmouth showroom to speak directly to a Pella Portsmouth professional and look at your money-saving choices.