Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Keokuk Home01/15/2016When it gets cold in Keokuk, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch enjoying the toasty 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 handful of things that could be happening 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 an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at WM J Kraus & Son. Heat is leaking 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 decrease 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 receiving light during the day. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you might 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 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 probably need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide 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 work harder, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these few 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 319-524-3714 or set up an appointment with us online.