None of us like 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 an important role in the energy efficiency of a home, and one of the ways to see if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help pinpoint 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 energy bill 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 concerns 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 in energy costs
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 minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another key 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 can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor come and look at your home will identify the root of the problem and offer tips on how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to contact our experts at Pella Windows and Doors Southwest in Albuquerque to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you more comfortable and save you cash. 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 505-373-1296 or book a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Albuquerque showroom to speak directly to a Pella Windows and Doors Southwest professional and look at your money-saving choices.