Easy Ways Keep Cool Air from Escaping Your Des Moines Home

January 15, 2016

When temps even out in Des Moines, the last thing you want to have to be worried 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 comfort of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place 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 setting up air conditioner repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.

There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Heartland Heating & Cooling.

  1. Air is going out through the glass of your windows - when air contacts the 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 that get light during the day.

  2. 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 cool air through your attic, which as a result makes your air conditioner work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily take a look and see 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.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or big 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 decide whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your air conditioner run more, potentially upping the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair.

We hope these few tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about air conditioners, air conditioner repair, or any number of other things related to heating or cooling your home, give us a call at 515-344-3579 or set up an appointment with us online.