How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sustaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, you would be able to relax in a warm home and not thinking twice about what’s taking place outside. Of course, it typically doesn’t happen that way, and there are a few items that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are a number of causes for higher utility bills, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at. 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, it impacts the indoor air by reducing some of the heat. An option to help minimize that impact is to make sure that you close your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Lack of attic insulation – if your home is older, there’s a possibility that there is a lack of insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, causing your heating system to work harder than necessary, and may eventually result in 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 it is, it’s likely your attic needs some additional insulation. 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 decide whether you need to add 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 815-768-6656 or arrange an appointment with us online.