When the temperature drops in Lexington, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at James Heating & A/C, Inc.
- Heat is leaking 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 reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Not enough 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 could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to see if you have enough 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 apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. 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 may make your furnace work harder, 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 inhibiting 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 ring at 336-853-6070.