No one likes 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 require 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 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 utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you need 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 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 expenses
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden pathways. By running your home through an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter months.
Another big 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 provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor assess your home will identify the root of the problem and demonstrate how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to reach out to our team at Pella Windows and Doors in Syracuse 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. Completing 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 fixes right away, give our experts a call at 315-565-0399 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Syracuse showroom to speak directly to a Pella Syracuse professional and look at your money-saving options.