No one likes to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can at times require 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 pinpoint 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 are in need of one of these assessments? The best way to know is to ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following concerns 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
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter 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, causing 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 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 reach out to our professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in Petoskey to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements 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 a few bucks. 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 231-622-4417 or book a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Petoskey showroom to speak directly to a Pella West Michigan professional and look at your money-saving choices.