How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017As the temps continue to get cooler, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. It would be great to be lounging around on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that may require furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are a variety of causes for higher utility bills, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at. 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. An option to help minimize that impact is to make sure you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and only open the drapes on windows that have light coming in during the day. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a possibility that there is insufficient insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, causing your heating system to work harder than necessary, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. 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 that’s the case, 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 decide 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, increasing the chance of furnace repair down the line. 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 623-206-6770 or arrange an appointment with us online.