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Keep the Heat In: Increase Efficiency While Reducing Costs

Posted on: November 13, 2015

There’s nothing more appealing than cozying up in your warm East Bay home when the temperatures outside become chillier than normal—which means you’re relying on your furnace to keep your home’s temperature up, but your energy bills down. Although high energy bills sometimes indicate it’s time for a furnace repair or replacement, that’s not always the case.

If you’re not sure why your furnace isn’t sufficiently heating your home, give Moore Mechanical a call today.

Reasons Why Your House May Be Losing Heat

Service Call v1.Still006The heating professionals at Moore Mechanical want to ensure your furnace is cost-effectively heating your entire home, so here are the most common ways heat is escaping:

  • Windows – Uninsulated windows can account for up to 25% of your heating bill by letting the heat out. Installing insulated windows or other insulating precautions ensures the heat will not escape around the window frames. Use closely woven, close-fitting curtains or blinds to create a barrier between the room and the window, sealing in the warm air.
  • Furniture placement – This one seems obvious, but if you have furniture blocking your vents, registers, or radiators the heat can’t efficiently heat the room, resulting in cold rooms and wasted money.
  • Fireplace – While a fireplace provides your home with warmth, it can also suck out the heat if the damper is left open. Make sure you close the damper anytime you finish using your fireplace or the warm air in your home will be sucked out through the chimney, which can increase your heating bill as much as 30%.
  • Door drafts – Reduce the number of spaces cold air can sneak into your house, like under a door. Seal the gaps with a heavy, snake-like object, weather-stripping, or caulking that will effectively block the draft between the door and floor.
  • Attic insulation – Hot air rises, which means that a lot of the warm air generated by your heating system ends up in the attic. With insufficient insulation, the air leaks from your home—wasting both energy and money. The California Energy Commission reports that, in older homes, adding attic insulation is the single most cost-effective way to reduce your heating bill.

Don’t rely on layers of blankets to keep you warm this winter! By addressing the most common ways heat escapes your home, you will increase your furnace’s efficiency while simultaneously lowering your monthly costs. A win-win for you and your family!

Moore Mechanical Provides Heating Solutions in East Bay

If you’re still experiencing drafts and unevenly heated rooms in your East Bay home, give the heating experts at Moore Mechanical a call at 925-307-6479 or contact us online today!

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