Easy Ways Keep Cool Air from Escaping Your Tampa Bay Home01/15/2016When the temperature mellows in Tampa Bay, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be lounging around on the couch taking in the comfort of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a handful of things that could be taking place in your home that could end up with you scheduling air conditioner repair or trying to figure out why your bill is so high. There are a variety of causes for an uptick in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Langford Cooling. Air is going out through the glass of your windows - when air contacts the glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day. Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you may be losing cool air through your attic, which in-turn makes your air conditioner work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily check if you have the right amount of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you likely need more insulation. Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or substantial enough to feel drafts leaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps could make your air conditioner work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair. We hope these three tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about air conditioners, air conditioner repair, or any number of other things related to heating or cooling your home, give us a ring at 813-898-9553 or arrange an appointment with us online.