When it gets cold in Moline, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch enjoying the cozy 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 couple 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 number of causes for an increase in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at J.L. Brady Company LLC.
- 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 cozy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and may 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. If it is, you probably 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 sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out 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 run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you identify 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 ring at 309-517-7511.