When it gets cold in St. Cloud, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the cozy 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 handful of things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Osceola Air, LLC.
- Heat is leaking 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 comfortable home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to 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 noticeable 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 figure out 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 run more, potentially increasing 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 combat heat-loss, give us a ring at 407-477-6319.