Maintaining your home warm throughout the Portland winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to totally ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are methods that your comfort can be attained effortlessly and without worrying about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace inside your home and economize on your monthly energy bills. It’s important to know all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we hear about at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation might be. Older insulation can fade quicker and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it should. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can demonstrate if you need more insulation and avoid possible future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t around. Weatherstripping can be an easy fix and can do the same thing as increasing attic insulation – making your furnace to not run as hard and lowering the odds of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air drops some of its heat when it reaches a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes during the evening hours and pulling back drapes during sunny, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is wasting heat, there is a good probability that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling are here to supply you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all through the colder season. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your annual furnace maintenance, give us a call at 503-213-4433.