Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your San Jose Home

January 15, 2016

When temps drop in San Jose, the last thing you want to have to worry 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 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 handful of 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 host of causes for an increase in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at American HVAC Inc.

  1. 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 lessen the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.

  2. Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you could be losing heat through your attic, which then makes your furnace work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily look to 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 noticeable 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 determine whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your furnace work harder, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.

We hope these few tips can help you uncover 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 lower your heat-loss, give us a ring at 408-215-1018.