Maintaining your home warm during the Mankato area winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be reached easily and without concern about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can seep from your home, so here are some of the usual forms we hear about at Northern Comfort Inc:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation could be. Older insulation can fade faster and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it should. Inspecting your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed accurately can indicate if you need more insulation and dodge potential future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always obvious to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not run as hard and lowering the chances of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are an interesting mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it reaches a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and releasing drapes during sunny, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is wasting heat, there is a good possibility that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Northern Comfort Inc are here to supply you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 507-387-6596.