How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

December 22, 2017

As the temps continue to get cooler, the last thing you should have anxiety over is keeping a comfortable home. It would be great to be lounging around on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not even concerned with the cold temps. Of course, it may not be that easy, and there are a few items that could be taking place in your home that may require furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.

There are several causes for higher utility bills, but we are highlighting a few of the more common ones we encounter.

  1. Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows – the glass on your windows are cold from the outdoor temps and when the warm air makes contact, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you’ve closed your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a chance that there is insufficient insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, causing your heating system to work harder than necessary, and might eventually result in furnace repair. When you go to check out your attic’s insulation, you’ll want to see if the insulation is even or below the joists. When the insulation is even or below the joists, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation.
  3. Gaps in windows and doors – it’s not always easy to tell by just taking a quick look if there are large gaps. Make sure to take a close look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 570-322-3131.