Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Chicago Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm throughout the Chicago winters is crucial to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the dropping temperature outside, there are ways that your comfort can be achieved with no trouble 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 worth it to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we catch at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more obsolete the insulation may be. Older insulation can fade faster and cause those leakages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it needs to. Examining your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed properly can demonstrate if you need more insulation and avoid potential future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – gaps or holes aren’t always apparent to the naked eye or big enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Weatherstripping can be an simple fix and can do the same thing as adding attic insulation – preparing your furnace to not drive as hard and lowering the chances of needing furnace repair. Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air wastes some of its heat when it reaches a cold surface and gives off the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Shutting window drapes through the evening hours and opening drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help decrease this heat loss. While these might not be the only explanations as to why your home is losing heat, there is a good possibility that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our pros at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning are here to supply you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment with us online.