Nobody wants 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 sometimes require 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 locate 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? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during winter 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
These things 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 reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
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 cause 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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Baltimore to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up saving you money in utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you 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 301-637-0762 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Baltimore showroom to speak directly to a KC Pella professional and look at your money-saving choices.