When the temperature drops in Ellsworth, the last thing you want to have to worry about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking 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 few things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to determine 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC.
- Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce 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 doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and might 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 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 determine whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace run more, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple tips can help you identify 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a ring at 715-318-6728.