When temps drop in Marshalltown, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping 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 straightforward, and there are a handful of things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Kapaun & Brown 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 reduce 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 that get light during the day.
- Lack of 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 could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily take a look and see 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, you may 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 sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing 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 641-812-2028.