When temps drop in Racine, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a handful of things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which as a result 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 likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or big 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 may make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to lower your heat-loss, give us a ring at 262-358-9468.