Does Your Home Need an Energy Audit?
None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Maintaining your home’s energy so that it is at peak performance can occasionally require 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 steps you can take to help save on costs—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? One way to determine if you need a home energy audit is if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during cooler 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 undesirable airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden pathways. By giving your house an energy audit, you can lower heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler during warmer months.
Another key factor in the energy efficiency of your home is its age. The older that your home is, the older your insulation is, causing 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 identify 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 contact our experts at Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC in Casper 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 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 307-234-1518 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Casper showroom to speak directly to a Pella Wyoming professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.