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Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your the Bay Area Home

January 15, 2016

Keeping your home warm through the the Bay Area winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the lowering temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be attained effortlessly and without worrying about cold drafts. With annually scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace inside your home and cut back on your monthly energy bills. It’s valuable to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the normal forms we hear about at Contra Costa Heating & AC:

  1. Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more out-of-date the insulation may be. Older insulation can decline quicker and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is running harder than it needs to. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed properly can indicate if you need more insulation and dodge potential future furnace repair.

  2. Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or large enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t around. Weatherstripping can be an simple fix and can do the same thing as enhancing attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not work as hard and reducing the odds of needing furnace repair.

  3. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are an interesting mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and releasing drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help lessen this heat loss.

While these might not be the only causes of why your home is losing heat, there is a good probability that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC are here to offer 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 annual furnace maintenance, give us a call at 510-343-9841.