When it gets cold in Scottsboro, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a handful of things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc..
- Heat is going out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- 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 in-turn 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 big 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 few 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 256-574-1300.