Having your home warm throughout the Monroe winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the dropping temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be achieved easily and without worrying about cold drafts. With annually scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and cut back on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we usually see at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation may be. Older insulation can decline more rapidly and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it has to. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed properly can demonstrate if you need more insulation and avoid impending future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or great 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 enhancing attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not run as hard and reducing the probability of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and gives off the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Sealing window drapes in the course of the evening hours and releasing drapes during luminous, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is using up heat, there is a good probability that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace are here to provide you with more advice to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 608-291-3606.