As the temps continue to get cooler, the last thing you should have anxiety over is sustaining a comfortable home. Preferably, you would be spending the winter enjoying the comfort 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 several causes for higher utility bills, but we will share some of the most common reasons.
- 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. An option to help minimize that impact is to make sure you’ve closed 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 chance 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 could eventually harm your furnace. 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. When the insulation is even or below the joists, you’ll likely want to add some more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors – sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Be sure to thoroughly look at all of your windows and doors to establish whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can require your heating system to work harder, increasing the chance of furnace repair down the line.
Hopefully, these tips help you determine any potential issues in your home that impacts your comfort. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 724-401-1843.