Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Keokuk Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm through the Keokuk winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to completely ignore the dropping temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be reached easily and without worrying about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we hear about at WM J Kraus & Son: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more obsolete the insulation may be. Older insulation can decline more rapidly and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it has to. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can indicate if you need more insulation and avoid impending future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – openings or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or large enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Weatherstripping can be an simple fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not drive as hard and reducing the chances of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes in the course of the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss. While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is wasting heat, there is a good possibility that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our experts at WM J Kraus & Son are here to provide you with more advice to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to arrange your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 319-524-3714 or schedule an appointment with us online.