Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Colfax Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm through the Colfax winters is vital to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to completely ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be achieved with no trouble and without fretting about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to know all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the normal forms we usually see at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation could be. Older insulation can decline faster 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 potential future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always obvious 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 adding attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not work as hard and decreasing the odds of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a fascinating mix. The hot air loses some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and gives off the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes during the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help reduce this heat loss. While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is losing heat, there is a good chance that one of these scenarios could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning are here to provide you with more tricks to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the winter. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to arrange your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 509-397-3622 or arrange an appointment with us online.