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 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, it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs.

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. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to make sure you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and make sure that your windows are receiving light during the day before opening them.
  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, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, 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.
  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 establish whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. As we mentioned with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, increasing the chance of furnace repair down the line.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 509-284-4265.