Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Longview Home01/15/2016 Maintaining your home warm throughout the Longview winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be achieved with no trouble and without fretting about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace inside your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the usual forms we usually see at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc.: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation could be. Older insulation can deteriorate more rapidly and cause those leakages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it has to. Checking 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 – openings or holes aren’t always obvious to the naked eye or large enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t around. Weatherstripping can be an simple fix and can do the same thing as enhancing attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not drive as hard and reducing the chances 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 gives off the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and opening drapes during sunny, daylight hours in the winter can help reduce this heat loss. While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is using up heat, there is a good chance that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. are here to provide you with more advice to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 903-758-0701 or schedule an appointment with us online.