When it gets cold in Lodi, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking 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 happening 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 a surge in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning.
- Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you might 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 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 probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more noticeable and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts leaking 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 close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace run more, potentially upping 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 inhibiting 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 ring at 209-257-3156.