When temps drop in St. Louis, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a few things that could be taking place 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 number of causes for an uptick in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating.
- 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 lessen 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 receiving light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts coming 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 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 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 call at 314-262-4541.