How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you should have anxiety over 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 even concerned with the cold temps. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few issues that could be happening in your home that may require furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are several causes for higher utility bills, but we will share some of the most common reasons. 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, 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 opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a possibility 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 might eventually result in furnace repair. 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. If that’s the case, you’ll likely want to add some more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors – as you are taking a look to see if there are any gaps around your doors or windows, keep in mind that they aren’t always easy to notice. Make sure to take a close look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater. These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 818-370-7266 or book an appointment with us online.