When it gets cold in Pocatello, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch enjoying the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that simple, 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 determine why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for an increase in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Vogts Heating & Air.
- Heat is going out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help lessen 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 receiving light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which as a result makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check if you have the right amount 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 apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts sneaking 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 could make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially upping 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 diminishing 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 call at 208-621-0129.