Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Madera Home01/15/2016When it gets cold in Madera, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch enjoying the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a handful of things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high. There are a host of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air contacts the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease 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 receiving light during the day. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 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 leaking 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 take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace work harder, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these couple 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 lower your heat-loss, give us a shout at 559-675-1681 or schedule an appointment with us online.