When it gets cold 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 warmth 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 furnace 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.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air contacts the cold 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.
- 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 heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace 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.
- 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 furnace work more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace 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 furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a call at 724-370-0141.