When it gets cold in Anchorage, 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 lounging around on the couch taking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a couple things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services.
- 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 decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which as a result makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check 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 likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or large 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 determine 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 run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.
We hope these three tips can help you identify 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 907-202-9798.