No one likes to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can at times 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 know 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 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 on your utility bill
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. 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 major 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 more common 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 assess 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 contact our professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in Kalamazoo 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. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family more comfortable and save you cash. 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 269-215-4157 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Kalamazoo showroom to speak directly to a Pella West Michigan professional and look at your money-saving choices.