When it gets cold in Cambridge, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that easy, 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 decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC .
- 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 comfortable home, be certain that 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 has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily take a look and see 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 likely 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 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 close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace work harder, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three 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 lower your heat-loss, give us a call at 410-228-4822.