Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Excelsior Springs Home01/15/2016When the temperature drops in Excelsior Springs, the last thing you want to have to worry about is keeping a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, 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 easy, and there are a handful of things that could be occurring 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 variety of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Colvin's Inc. 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 reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you could 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 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 likely 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 coming 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 can 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a call at 816-630-2702 or arrange an appointment with us online.