None of us like 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 entail 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 check 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 energy bill by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of one of these assessments? The best way to know is to ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following problems 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 undesirable airflow into your house 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 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 cause 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 come and look at your home will find 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 Pella Windows and Doors in Davenport to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, making a few improvements in your home could end up saving you money in utility costs. Performing 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 tweaks right away, give our experts a call at 563-202-8576 or arrange a consultation with us online. You can always check out our Davenport showroom to speak directly to a Pella Davenport professional and look at your money-saving choices.