Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Saint Petersburg Home

January 15, 2016

When the temperature drops in Saint Petersburg, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch taking 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 scheduling furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.

There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.

  1. Heat is getting 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 decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.

  2. 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 might 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 look to see if you have plenty 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.

  3. 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 determine 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 run more, 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 inhibiting 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 727-369-6195.