Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Cedar Rapids Home01/15/2016 Maintaining your home warm throughout the Cedar Rapids winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the dropping temperature outside, there are routes that your comfort can be reached easily and without fretting about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can seep from your home, so here are some of the normal forms we usually see at Ilten's Incorporated: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation may be. Older insulation can fade more rapidly and cause those leakages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is operating harder than it needs to. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed properly can demonstrate if you need more insulation and keep away from potential future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – openings or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as enhancing attic insulation – making 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 drops some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and opening drapes during sunny, daylight hours in the winter can help reduce this heat loss. While these might not be the only causes of why your home is losing heat, there is a good probability that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Ilten's Incorporated are here to provide you with more advice to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to arrange your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 319-363-0283 or arrange an appointment with us online.