How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you need to be concerned about 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 thinking twice about what’s taking place outside. Of course, things don’t work that way, and there are a few items that could be occurring in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill. There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at. Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows – when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to make sure you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Lack of attic insulation – if you live in an older home there’s a chance that there is a lack of insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which forces your furnace to work harder to keep up, and may eventually result in furnace repair. You can easily check if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. When the insulation is even or below the joists, you’ll likely want to add some more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors – sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair. We hope these three tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be inhibiting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 469-617-3437 or book an appointment with us online.