No one likes 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 at times 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 see if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help identify 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 energy bill 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 problems 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 costs
Several of these items can be caused by unwelcomed airflow into your house 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 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 create irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is typical 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 determine 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 Bloomington 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 reducing your utility costs. Making 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 attention right away, give our experts a call at 309-663-7132 or book a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Bloomington showroom to speak directly to a Pella Bloomington professional and look at your money-saving options.