When it gets cold in Mechanicsville, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, 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 decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for a surge in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at M & S Heating & Air LLC.
- Heat is going 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, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to 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 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 sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out 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 work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple tips can help you discover 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 lower your heat-loss, give us a shout at 301-363-4699.