How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

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As the temps continue to get cooler, the last thing you should have anxiety over 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 may not be that easy, and there are a few items that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill.

There are several 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. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to 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 – with older homes there’s a likelihood 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 harm your furnace. When you go to check out your attic’s insulation, you’ll want to see if the insulation is even or below the joists. When the insulation is even or below the joists, you likely need more insulation.
  3. Gaps in windows and doors – it’s not always easy to tell by just taking a quick look if there are large gaps. Make sure to take a close look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether weather stripping is needed take care of those gaps. As we mentioned with attic insulation, window and door gaps can force your furnace to work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 903-702-3941.

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