Nobody wants 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 at times result in 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 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 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 energy bill by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of 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 unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
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 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor examine your home will determine the root of the problem and show you 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 Edmonton to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you 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 780-439-9344 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Edmonton showroom to speak directly to a Pella Western Canada professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.