When temps drop in Abilene, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch soaking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a handful of things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Abilene Air-Tech Inc.
- Heat is getting 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 lessen 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 receiving light during the day.
- Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which as a result makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to see 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 may need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts leaking 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 close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace run more, potentially upping the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a call at 325-200-4667.