Maintaining your home warm throughout the Crystal and Twin Cities winters is vital to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to completely ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be attained effortlessly and without concern about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace in your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s worth it to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the usual forms we usually see at GV Heating & Air:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more obsolete the insulation might be. Older insulation can fade faster and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it needs to. Inspecting your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can tell you if you need more insulation and dodge potential future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – openings or holes aren’t always obvious to the naked eye or great enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t around. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not run as hard and reducing the chances of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are an interesting mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Sealing window drapes in the course of the evening hours and opening drapes during luminous, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only causes of why your home is wasting heat, there is a good possibility that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at GV Heating & Air are here to provide you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to arrange your annual furnace maintenance, give us a call at 763-535-2000.