Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your West Columbia Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm during the West Columbia winters is vital to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be attained with no trouble and without fretting about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and cut back on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we catch at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation may be. Older insulation can deteriorate more rapidly and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it needs to. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed accurately can demonstrate if you need more insulation and keep away from potential future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always obvious to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t around. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not drive as hard and lowering the odds of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air loses some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes in the course of the evening hours and releasing drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help reduce this heat loss. While these might not be the only causes of why your home is using up heat, there is a good probability that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. are here to provide you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment with us online.