Maintaining your home warm during the Moline winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to completely ignore the dropping temperature outside, there are routes that your comfort can be reached effortlessly and without worrying about cold drafts. With regularly 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 recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we catch at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation might be. Older insulation can fade faster and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it needs to. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can indicate if you need more insulation and dodge possible future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – openings or holes aren’t always noticeable 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 enhancing 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 a curious mix. The hot air loses some of its heat when it reaches a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Sealing window drapes during the evening hours and pulling back drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss.
While these might not be the only causes of why your home is wasting heat, there is a good probability that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning are here to supply you with more advice to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 309-323-9584.