Maintaining your home warm through the Elk River winters is vital to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be attained effortlessly and without fretting about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace in your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to know all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can seep from your home, so here are some of the usual forms we hear about at Home Comfort Heating & Air:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation could be. Older insulation can deteriorate more rapidly and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is operating harder than it should. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed accurately can demonstrate if you need more insulation and keep away from potential future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or great enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not run as hard and decreasing the chances of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air drops some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and releasing drapes during luminous, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is using up heat, there is a good chance that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our experts at Home Comfort Heating & Air are here to supply you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the winter. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your annual furnace maintenance, give us a call at 763-276-0617.