Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Auburn Home01/15/2016When it gets cold in Auburn, 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 hanging out 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 simple, and there are a few things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high. There are a host of causes for an uptick in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Forster Heating. 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 comfortable home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day. 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 might be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily take a look and 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 likely need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide 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 uncover 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 reduce heat-loss, give us a call at 530-885-8081 or set up an appointment with us online.