No one likes 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 result in 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 locate 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 utility bills 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 concerns 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 in energy expenses
Any of these things can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your indoor space through cracks, openings or other hidden pathways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can minimize 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 create 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 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors in Calgary 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 lowering your monthly utility costs. Performing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your family more comfortable and save you a few bucks. 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 403-681-6363 or book a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our Calgary showroom to speak directly to a Pella Western Canada professional and look at your money-saving options.