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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining 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, things don’t work that way, and there are a few issues 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 variety 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 only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
  2. Lack of attic insulation – if your home is older, 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 lead to the need for a 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. If that’s the case, you likely need more insulation.
  3. Gaps in windows and doors – as you are taking a look to see if there are any gaps around your doors or windows, keep in mind that they aren’t always easy to notice. Be sure to thoroughly look at all of your windows and doors to establish 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, making the possibility of furnace repair later even greater.

These are just a few tips to help you determine any potential problem areas in your house that could cause heat loss. Our experts are available to answer any of your questions about furnaces, repair or indoor comfort, give us a call at 308-995-8177.

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