Nobody wants to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling 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 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 locate 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? The best way to know is to ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues 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 in energy costs
Any of these things can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can reduce 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 not uncommon for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor assess your home will find the root of the problem and demonstrate how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to contact our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Hingham to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up lowering your monthly 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 781-826-8005 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Hingham showroom to speak directly to a Pella Hingham professional and look at your money-saving choices.