When temps drop in West Columbia, the last thing you want to have to worry about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher 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 typically hear about at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc..
- Heat is leaking 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 lessen 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.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a furnace 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 likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work harder, potentially upping the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these few tips can help you discover 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 ring at 803-265-4208.