When temps drop in Hudsonville, the last thing you want to have to worry about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, 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 determine 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 typically hear about at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services.
- Heat is getting 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, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving 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 could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check if you have the right amount of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you may need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or substantial 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 determine whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace run more, potentially increasing 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 inhibiting 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.