No one likes to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in their own home. Maintaining your home’s energy so that it is at peak performance can occasionally result in 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 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 utility bills by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you should schedule one of these assessments? 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 costs
Any of these things can be caused by unwanted airflow into your house through cracks, openings or other hidden holes. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
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 can offer more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor examine your home will find 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 reach out to our team at Pella Windows and Doors Southwest in El Paso 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. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household 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 915-213-1497 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our El Paso showroom to speak directly to a Pella Windows and Doors Southwest professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.