How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the temps dropping, the last thing you should have anxiety over is maintaining 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 happening in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but we are highlighting a few of the more common ones we encounter. 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, it impacts the indoor air by reducing some of the heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure that you close 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 your home is older, there’s a chance that it doesn’t have enough insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, causing your heating system to work harder than necessary, and could eventually harm your furnace. 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. 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 it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater. Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 614-451-0846 or set up an appointment with us online.