Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your McMurray Home01/15/2016When the temperature drops in McMurray, the last thing you want to have to think about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, 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 figure out why your bill is so high. There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Kowalski Heating & Cooling. 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 comfy 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 may 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 plenty 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. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts sneaking 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 seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work harder, 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 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 724-745-7404 or arrange an appointment with us online.