When the temperature drops in Port St. Lucie, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch enjoying the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a few things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Custom Air Systems Inc.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with 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, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Insufficient 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 then makes your furnace work harder, and may 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 noticeable 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 figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple 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 772-247-2283.