Nobody wants to waste money, and no one likes to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can sometimes 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 know 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 should schedule 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
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your home 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 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, which can create irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is typical for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor examine 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 team at Pella Windows and Doors in St. Paul to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements 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 a few bucks. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 651-213-9049 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our St. Paul showroom to speak directly to a Pella St. Paul professional and look at your money-saving options.