Your furnace cannot keep your home warm all on its own. If you have ever sat around a fire on a cold winter night, then you can understand the problem a furnace faces. With nothing to contain the heat, it just dissipates into the night. On the other hand, if you can contain the heat, your fire will keep you much warmer. Similarly, if your home doesn't adequately retain heat, then your furnace has to work harder than it should. If you feel like you are paying too much to keep your home warm, it is time to take steps to help your home retain heat. 

Weak in the Windows

Windows can let more than light into your home. As the cold outside your home chills your windows, they will then chill the air inside your home when it comes in contact with the windows. Your windows will then work against your furnace, chilling the air as fast as your furnace can heat it up. To really keep your home warm, you need to create a barrier between your windows and the air inside your home. 

Window Film

Window film is a transparent, yet reflective barrier that will help to keep your home warm. The window film will reflect heat back into your home before it has a chance to make contact with your window glass. Windows can help to reduce temperature transfer through your windows, but it will not do enough all by itself. If you really want to help your furnace produce heat more efficiently, then you need to reinforce your window film. 

Thermal Curtains

Thermal curtains contain insulation and a layer of metal film. The insulation will help to block heat before it gets to your window, and the metal film will provide a secondary layer of protection by reflecting heat back into your home. By opening your curtains during the day, you can allow solar heat gain to help you heat your home, and by closing your curtains at night, you will create a more effective barrier between your home and the outside air. 

Knowing what can cause your furnace to lose efficiency will help you to keep your heating bills down. Rather than pay too much to heat your home from month to month, you should see what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home. While furnaces are an important part of keeping your home warm, they should be part of a larger heat retention strategy.

For more information on helping your furnace last longer, contact your heating company (such as Canuck Mechanical Ltd)