Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Columbia Home01/15/2016When it gets cold in Columbia, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a couple things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you arranging furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high. There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC. Heat is getting 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, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day. Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you may be losing heat through your attic, which as a result makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to see if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you probably need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out 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 more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these three tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to combat heat-loss, give us a shout at 803-318-6995 or arrange an appointment with us online.