Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Charlottesville Home01/15/2016 Maintaining your home warm throughout the Charlottesville winters is vital to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be achieved with no trouble and without concern about cold drafts. With routinely scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to be able to identify all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the normal forms we hear about at Beck Cohen: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more outdated the insulation could be. Older insulation can fade more rapidly and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it should. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed accurately can indicate if you need more insulation and dodge possible future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or great enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as enhancing attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not run as hard and lowering the chances of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes through the evening hours and opening drapes during luminous, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss. While these might not be the only reasons why your home is wasting heat, there is a good possibility that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Beck Cohen are here to supply you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to schedule your annual furnace maintenance, give us a call at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment with us online.