Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Longview Home01/15/2016When temps drop in Longview, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sustaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high. There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc.. Heat is going out through the glass of your windows - when hot air contacts the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which as a result 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 obvious and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to seal 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 uncover 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 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment with us online.