Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Olathe Home01/15/2016When temps drop in Olathe, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the comfy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a couple 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 host of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Heat is getting out through the glass of your windows - when hot air touches the cold glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, be certain that 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 doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you might be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn 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. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial 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 decide whether you need to add weather stripping to seal those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair. We hope these three 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 combat heat-loss, give us a shout at 913-432-3342 or set up an appointment with us online.