Easy Ways Keep Cool Air from Escaping Your McMurray Home

January 15, 2016

When it cools off in McMurray, the last thing you want to have to think about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch enjoying the comfy environment 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 couple things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling air conditioner repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.

There are a host of causes for an uptick in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

  1. Air is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when air contacts the glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help lessen the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.

  2. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you could be losing cool air through your attic, which then makes your air conditioner work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily check 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 may need more insulation.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts leaking 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 close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your air conditioner work more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair.

We hope these three tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about air conditioners, air conditioner repair, or any number of other things related to heating or cooling your home, give us a call at 724-370-0141 or set up an appointment with us online.