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Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Abilene Home

When temps drop in Abilene, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the toasty 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 few things that could be taking place 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 variety of causes for an increase in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Abilene Air-Tech Inc.

  1. Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air contacts the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.

  2. Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you could 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 probably need more insulation.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious 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 determine whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.

We hope these few tips can help you uncover 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 325-692-5850 or schedule an appointment with us online.