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 sustaining a comfortable home. It would be great to be lounging around on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what’s taking place outside. Of course, it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high. There are a number of 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. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you’re closing your drapes during the evening hours and make sure that your windows are receiving light during the day before opening them. 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 in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually result in 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. When the insulation is even or below the joists, 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 case. Be sure to thoroughly look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Similar to attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater. We hope these three tips can help you identify 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 combat heat-loss, give us a call at 859-745-1564 or set up an appointment with us online.