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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you need to be concerned about is sustaining a comfortable home. Preferably, you would be spending the winter enjoying the comfort of your home and not worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, things don’t work that way, and there are a few issues that could be taking place in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs.

There are a number 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 – when the warm air in your home reaches windows that are cold from the outdoor air, that air loses some of its heat. An option to help minimize that impact is to make sure that you close your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a possibility that there is a lack of insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which forces your furnace to work harder to keep up, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. It’s not hard to determine if you have enough insulation, take a look and 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 – it’s not always easy to tell by just taking a quick look if there are large gaps. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. As we mentioned with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 636-229-1544.

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