When temps drop in Keokuk, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at WM J Kraus & Son.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help lessen the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily take a look and see if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you may 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 coming in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide 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 work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 319-229-2318.