How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the temps dropping, the last thing you need to be concerned about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, you would be able to relax in a warm 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 taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill. There are several causes for higher utility bills, but we will share some of the most common reasons. 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, it impacts the indoor air by reducing some of the heat. 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. 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 it is, you’ll likely want to add some more insulation. 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. Be sure to thoroughly look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, increasing the chance of furnace repair down the line. Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 909-982-5698 or arrange an appointment with us online.