Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Wausau Home

January 15, 2016

When temps drop in Wausau, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a couple things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.

There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Gilray Heating and Cooling.

  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 decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.

  2. 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 may 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.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or large 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 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 few 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 call at 715-301-0727.