Does Your Home Need an Energy Audit?
Nobody wants to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Making sure your home’s energy is at peak performance can sometimes 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 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 issues 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
Several of these items can be caused by undesirable airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden pathways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter 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 not uncommon for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor assess your home will find 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 reach out to our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Ketchum 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 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 208-726-0060 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Ketchum showroom to speak directly to a Pella Ketchum professional and look at your money-saving choices.