When it gets cold in Saint Petersburg, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch enjoying the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place 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 host of causes for an uptick in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.
- 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 reduce 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 getting light during the day.
- Lack of 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 as a result makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily take a look and see 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 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 leaking in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. 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 work harder, potentially upping the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple 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 call at 727-369-6195.