How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

Heating

With the temps dropping, the last thing you need to be concerned about is maintaining a comfortable home. Preferably, you would be spending the winter enjoying the comfort 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 things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill.

There are several causes for a rise in your energy expenses, but we will share some of the most common reasons.

  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, the indoor air becomes cooler. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to make sure you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and only open the drapes on windows that have light coming in during the day.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a possibility 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 could eventually lead to the need for a 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. If that’s the case, you’ll likely want to add some more insulation.
  3. 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. Make sure to take a close look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether weather stripping is needed take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 308-432-5301 or book an appointment with us online.

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