None of us like 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 at times require 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 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 costs 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 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
Several of these items 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 reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler throughout the hotter 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 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 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 call our professionals at Pella Windows and Doors in Champaign to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, a few home improvements could end up reducing your utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you 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 217-356-6474 or book a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Champaign showroom to speak directly to a Pella Champaign professional and look at your money-saving options.