Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Columbia Home01/15/2016When the temperature drops in Columbia, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around 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 handful of things that could be occurring 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 number of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Watts Electric & A/C Inc. 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 decrease the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Lack of 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 may 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 may need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts coming 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 seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work harder, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these few 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 combat heat-loss, give us a shout at 601-736-7362 or arrange an appointment with us online.