How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the temps dropping, the last thing you want to have to worry about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, you would be able to relax in a warm home and not thinking twice about what’s taking place outside. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few items that could be occurring in your home that may require furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are several causes for an increase in your energy bill, but we will share some of the most common reasons. 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 you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and make sure that your windows are receiving light during the day before opening them. Lack of attic insulation – if you live in an older home there’s a likelihood that there is insufficient insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually harm your furnace. You can easily check if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation. 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. Be sure to thoroughly look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater. 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 559-675-1681 or arrange an appointment with us online.