When the temperature drops in Thedford, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a few things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for an uptick in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the 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, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get 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 then makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check if you have the right amount of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you likely 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 the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, potentially upping the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to lower your heat-loss, give us a ring at 519-296-4437.