When it gets cold in Tucson, the last thing you want to have to think about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch enjoying the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a couple things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for an increase in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at A&M Heating & Cooling LLC.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be certain that 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 lacks insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which as a result makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three tips can help you identify 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 shout at 520-200-1048.