Nobody wants to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally 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 check if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help pinpoint 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 costs 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 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
These things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can reduce 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 cause 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor assess 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 in Nashville 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 reducing your utility costs. Making these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family 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 615-348-8786 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Nashville showroom to speak directly to a Pella of Nashville professional and look at your money-saving options.