Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Greater Richmond Home

When it gets cold in Greater Richmond, the last thing you want to have to think about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a couple things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.

There are a number of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

  1. 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 comfy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.

  2. Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 probably need more insulation.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial 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 could make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.

We hope these couple tips can help you identify 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 ring at 804-302-6657.

 
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