Having your home warm during the Pella winters is vital 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 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 in your home and cut back on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we usually see at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation could be. Older insulation can fade quicker and cause those leakages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it should. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed accurately can indicate if you need more insulation and avoid impending future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or great enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not drive as hard and lowering the probability of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes in the course of the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is wasting heat, there is a good chance that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating are here to offer you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 641-628-3621.