How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

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As the temps continue to get cooler, 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 issues 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 variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, 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 – 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. An option to help minimize that impact 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 – if you live in an older home there’s a likelihood 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 could eventually result in furnace repair. When you go to check out your attic’s insulation, you’ll want to see if the insulation is even or below the joists. If it is, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation.
  3. 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 decide whether weather stripping is needed take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can force your furnace to work harder, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. Our experts are available to answer any of your questions about furnaces, repair or indoor comfort, give us a call at 302-658-2000.

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