Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Scottsboro Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm throughout the Scottsboro winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to completely ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are routes that your comfort can be achieved easily and without fretting about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and cut back on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to know all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we catch at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc.: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation might be. Older insulation can decline quicker and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it should. Inspecting your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can indicate if you need more insulation and keep away from possible future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always obvious to the naked eye or large enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not drive as hard and lowering the chances of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes during the evening hours and releasing drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss. While these might not be the only reasons why your home is losing heat, there is a good possibility that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. are here to offer you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the winter. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment with us online.