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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

With the temps dropping, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sustaining a comfortable home. It would be great to be lounging around on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what’s taking place outside. Of course, things don’t work that way, and there are a few items that could be taking place in your home that may require furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs.

There are a number of causes for higher utility bills, 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 hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you’ve closed your drapes during the evening hours and only open the drapes on windows that have light coming in during the day.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – if you live in an older home there’s a chance that it doesn’t have enough insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which forces your furnace to work harder to keep up, and could eventually result in furnace repair. When you go to check out your attic’s insulation, you’ll want to see if the insulation is even or below the joists. If that’s the case, you likely need more insulation.
  3. 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. Make sure to take a close 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 make your furnace 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 573-203-3908.

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