No one likes to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can at times entail updates on your current system. Replacement windows and doors play a big 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 costs by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need one of these assessments? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during colder 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By running your home through an energy audit, you can lower 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 cause 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 are more efficient.
Having a certified energy auditor examine 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 professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in Tucson 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 a few bucks. 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 520-428-0648 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Tucson showroom to speak directly to a Pella Tucson professional and look at your money-saving choices.