No one likes to waste money, and no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally result in updates on your current system. Replacement windows and doors play an important 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 energy costs 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 concerns 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
Several of these items can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can minimize heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another key 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 are more efficient.
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 professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in Peoria to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up lowering your monthly utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep your household more comfortable and save you a few bucks. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some attention right away, give our experts a call at 309-306-3893 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always visit our Peoria showroom to speak directly to a Pella Peoria professional and look at your money-saving opportunities.