When it gets cold in South Beloit and Belvidere, the last thing you want to have to think about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch taking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening 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 number of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, 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 - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which then 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 the right amount of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you likely need more insulation.
- 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 situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace run more, potentially increasing 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 inhibiting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 877-389-2465.