When it gets cold in Shelby, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for an increase in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Hopper Heating and Air.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air contacts the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be certain that 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 lacks insulation. Of course this means you could 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 plenty 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 apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial 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 determine whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be inhibiting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 704-233-7363.