No one likes 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 big 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 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 problems 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 undesirable airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can lower 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 more common 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 come and look at 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 team at Pella Windows and Doors in Kansas City to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, taking the time to make a few improvements to your house could end up saving you money in utility costs. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family more comfortable and save you money. 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 913-246-5101 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Kansas City showroom to speak directly to a Pella Kansas City professional and look at your money-saving choices.