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Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Manassas Park Home

When it gets cold in Manassas Park, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the toasty warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a handful of things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling furnace repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high.

There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Woody's Sudden Service Inc.

  1. 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 comfortable home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.

  2. Lack of 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 as a result makes your furnace work harder, and may 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 likely need more insulation.

  3. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be the case. 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 run more, potentially boosting the chance that you'll need furnace repair.

We hope these few tips can help you uncover any problem-spaces in your home that could be inhibiting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace repair or other ways to reduce heat-loss, give us a ring at 703-369-5528 or set up an appointment with us online.