When the temperature drops in Ballwin and St. Charles, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the toasty 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 couple things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Air Alliance Team.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course 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. You can easily take a look and see if you have plenty of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace run more, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 636-206-4250.