Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Ridgedale and the Branson area Home Posted January 15, 2016 Heating, Repair, Service When temps drop in Ridgedale and the Branson area, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch enjoying the cozy warmth of your home and not thinking twice about what's taking place outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up furnace repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high. There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Branson HVAC, LLC. Heat is going out through the glass of your windows - when hot air comes in to contact with 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, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving 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 could be losing heat through your attic, which in-turn makes your furnace work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for a furnace repair. You can easily check if you have plenty 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 large enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your furnace work more than it needs to, potentially upping 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 hurting 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 417-544-4430.