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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you need to be concerned about is sustaining 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 things that could be happening in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.

There are a number of causes for higher utility bills, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at.

  1. 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, the indoor air becomes cooler. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to make sure that you close 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 a lack of insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. It’s not hard to determine if you have enough insulation, take a look and 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.
  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. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to 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.

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 256-270-1196.

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