With the colder weather settling in, 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 even concerned with the cold temps. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen 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 trying to figure out why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for a rise in your energy expenses, 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 the warm air in your home reaches windows that are cold from the outdoor air, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure that you close your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- 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, which forces your furnace to work harder to keep up, and may eventually harm your furnace. 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, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors – as you are taking a look to see if there are any gaps around your doors or windows, keep in mind that they aren’t always easy to notice. Be sure to thoroughly 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, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater.
Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. Our experts are available to answer any of your questions about furnaces, repair or indoor comfort, give us a call at 928-432-6018.