When it gets cold in Buellton, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out 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 simple, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Heat is leaking 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 lessen the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks 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 take a look and see if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace work harder, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these couple tips can help you discover 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 lower your heat-loss, give us a shout at 805-242-9638.