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Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your York Home

When temps drop in York, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking in the comfy 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 happening in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.

There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc.

  1. Heat is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.

  2. Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you may 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 check if you have plenty of 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.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need furnace repair.

We hope these couple tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to lower your heat-loss, give us a shout at 717-755-4127 or arrange an appointment with us online.