How You Can Help Minimize the Heat Leaving Your Home12/22/2017With the colder weather settling in, the last thing you need to be concerned about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, you would be able to relax in a warm home and not worrying about the colder weather outside. Of course, it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that may require furnace repair or an unnecessary increase in your utility costs. There are several causes for a rise in your energy expenses, but we will share some of the most common reasons. Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows – the glass on your windows are cold from the outdoor temps and when the warm air makes contact, the indoor air becomes cooler. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure that you close your drapes during the evening hours and only open the drapes on windows that have light coming in during the day. Lack of attic insulation – with older homes there’s a likelihood that there is insufficient insulation. This means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a 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. When the insulation is even or below the joists, 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. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether it requires 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. We hope these three tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be inhibiting the comfort of your home. Our experts are available to answer any of your questions about furnaces, repair or indoor comfort, give us a call at 772-335-3232 or arrange an appointment with us online.