When the temperature drops in Kearney, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease 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 that get light during the day.
- Insufficient 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 in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and could 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 probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts sneaking 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 seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you discover 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 combat heat-loss, give us a shout at 308-624-3485.