Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Hattiesburg Home01/15/2016When temps drop in Hattiesburg, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch enjoying the cozy 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 occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high. There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning. Heat is going 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 reduce the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day. Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you might 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 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 obvious and visible to the naked eye or substantial 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 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 more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these couple tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a shout at 601-268-3486 or arrange an appointment with us online.