When the temperature drops in Mechanicsburg, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch soaking in the toasty 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 few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at H & H Service Company.
- Heat is getting 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 reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Lack of 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 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 big 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 decide whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you identify 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 shout at 717-220-4502.