Keeping your home warm through the Brandon winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be reached with no trouble and without worrying about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace in your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we hear about at Brandon Heating and Plumbing:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation may be. Older insulation can deteriorate more rapidly and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it needs to. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can tell you if you need more insulation and dodge possible future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not run as hard and reducing the probability of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air loses some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes during the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is using up heat, there is a good chance that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Brandon Heating and Plumbing are here to supply you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 204-728-0180.