When temps drop in Cedar Rapids, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening 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 scheduling furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Ilten's Incorporated.
- Heat is getting 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 decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving 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 might eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 probably 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 sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work harder, potentially upping 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a call at 319-208-3295.