Maintaining your home warm through the Des Moines winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are routes that your comfort can be reached easily and without concern about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace inside your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can seep from your home, so here are some of the normal forms we usually see at Heartland Heating & Cooling:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation could be. Older insulation can deteriorate faster and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is operating harder than it needs to. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed properly can demonstrate if you need more insulation and keep away from impending future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not run as hard and decreasing the odds of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are an interesting mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes during the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is losing heat, there is a good possibility that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Heartland Heating & Cooling are here to offer you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the winter. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 515-344-3579.