Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Hudsonville Home01/15/2016When temps drop in Hudsonville, the last thing you want to have to think about is sustaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a couple things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high. There are a host of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. Heat is going out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches 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 that get 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 could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to see 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 likely need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work more than it needs to, 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 hurting 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 call at 616-669-3961 or set up an appointment with us online.