How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

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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 worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, things don’t work that way, and there are a few items that could be occurring 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. An option to help minimize that impact is to make sure that you close 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 chance that it doesn’t have enough 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. 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 – 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. Make sure to take a close 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, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 785-357-6200.

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