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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you need to be concerned about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, you would be able to relax in a warm home and not worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill.

There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but we will share some of the most common reasons.

  1. 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, the indoor air becomes cooler. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you’ve closed your drapes during the evening hours and make sure that your windows are receiving light during the day before opening them.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a chance that there is insufficient insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which forces your furnace to work harder to keep up, and may eventually result in furnace repair. When you go to check out your attic’s insulation, you’ll want to see if the insulation is even or below the joists. If that’s the case, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation.
  3. 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 determine whether weather stripping is needed take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, increasing the chance of furnace repair down the line.

Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. Our experts are available to answer any of your questions about furnaces, repair or indoor comfort, give us a call at 507-307-4818.

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