Nobody wants to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can at times entail 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 identify 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 utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you should schedule one of these assessments? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is 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 in energy expenses
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. 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 big 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 can offer more efficiency.
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 reach out to our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Charlotte 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. Performing 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 704-228-9149 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Charlotte showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Charlotte professional and look at your money-saving choices.