None of us like to waste money, and no one likes to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally 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 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 utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of one of these assessments? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following problems in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during cooler 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 holes. By running your home through an energy audit, you can reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer 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 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 examine 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 reach out to our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Boise to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up saving you money in utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household more comfortable and save you money. 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 208-373-0002 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Boise showroom to speak directly to a Pella Boise professional and look at your money-saving options.