Keeping your home warm during the Des Moines winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be attained effortlessly and without worrying about cold drafts. With regularly 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 worth it to recognize 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 usually see at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation could be. Older insulation can decline more rapidly and cause those leaks 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 tell you if you need more insulation and dodge possible future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – breaks 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 present. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not work as hard and lowering the chances 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 extends to a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes during the evening hours and opening drapes during sunny, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only causes of why your home is losing heat, there is a good possibility that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling are here to offer you with more tricks 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 515-207-6569.