3 Reasons You Might Find it Difficult to Heat Your Home

As winter gets in gear in Highland Park, Illinois, you have to be concerned about your home’s readiness to keep you safe and comfortable. Winter in our area can bring intense ice and snow storms that can have an impact for weeks. Whatever the winter weather brings, a few simple measures can ensure ideal temperatures and prevent skyrocketing heating bills. If you’ve found it difficult to heat your home, there are several possible causes, but it is a good idea to start by considering the usual suspects.

Air Leaks

Examine the doors and windows around your home. Whether old or new, windows and doors can develop gaps or cracks that allow drafts to enter your home. Usually, this is a simple and inexpensive fix. Caulk or weatherstripping, for example, can seal leaks, so you prevent heat loss and reduce energy waste.

Insulation Levels

Lack of insulation, deteriorating insulation or poor insulation will affect your ability to heat your home properly. Insulation helps to prevent or reduce heat transfer. Heat can be lost through floors, walls or around ductwork. Without insulation, the heat inside your home will be affected by cold air outside or from unconditioned spaces like the basement or attic. The heat passing through the ducts will be affected by the surrounding cold air. Your technicians will show you areas in your home that need to be insulated, and select the most efficient insulation for your ductwork.

The Need for Professional Maintenance

If you neglected to have your furnace professionally serviced, you missed the opportunity to improve it’s heating efficiency. We recommend preventive maintenance for your heating system during fall so that it will be ready for winter. Our technicians thoroughly inspect your heater and make recommendations for any needed repairs. They will also make necessary tweaks to improve performance. Skipping maintenance can cause reduced performance, malfunction, or complete loss of heat.

Contact Carefree Comfort, Inc. today at 847-388-0115 for more information about improving heating efficiency or to schedule a maintenance appointment. You can count on us to help you improve indoor comfort and savings!

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