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 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 know 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? The best way to know is to 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
Any of these things can be caused by undesirable airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer 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 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 come and look at 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 call our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Scottsdale to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up reducing your 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 tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 480-296-2022 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Scottsdale showroom to speak directly to a Pella Scottsdale professional and look at your money-saving options.