Easy Ways Keep Heat from Escaping Your Portland Metro Home01/15/2016 Having your home warm through the Portland Metro 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 achieved easily and without worrying about cold drafts. With routinely 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 know all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can leak from your home, so here are some of the usual forms we hear about at Central Air Inc: Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more obsolete the insulation could be. Older insulation can decline more rapidly and cause those seepages of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it needs to. Inspecting your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can indicate if you need more insulation and avoid potential future furnace repair. Window or door gaps – breaks 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 quick fix and can do the same thing as increasing 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 drops some of its heat when it touches a cold surface and exudes the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes during the evening hours and pulling back 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 wasting heat, there is a good chance that one of these circumstances could be your reality. But lucky for you, our professionals at Central Air Inc are here to provide you with more tricks 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 routine furnace maintenance, give us a call at 503-656-1908 or schedule an appointment with us online.