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How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home

As the temps continue to get cooler, the last thing you should have anxiety over is maintaining a comfortable home. Preferably, you would be spending the winter enjoying the comfort of your home and not worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few issues that could be occurring in your home that might result in a need for furnace repair or a higher than normal energy bill.

There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but we are highlighting a few of the more common ones we encounter.

  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, that air loses some of its heat. One way to help reduce the loss of heat is to make sure that you close 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 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 could eventually harm your furnace. It’s not hard to determine if you have enough insulation, take a look and see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation.
  3. Gaps in windows and doors – it’s not always easy to tell by just taking a quick look if there are large gaps. Make sure to take a close look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether it requires weather stripping to take care of those gaps. As we mentioned with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, potentially upping the chance that you’ll need furnace repair.

Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you’d like to speak with our professionals about your furnace or indoor comfort, give us a call at 308-624-3485.

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