If your heater has been giving you problems lately, then you might be considering getting an upgrade. However, before you commit to a replacement, you should take a look at the rest of your house. In some cases, your heating problems might have nothing to do with your heater and everything to do with your home's insulation. One example of such a problematic area is window and door frames. To help you understand your heating problems, here is an explanation of why your window and door frames might be causing your problems:
If you've ever done some work on windows or looked at them closely, then you might have noticed that not every window fits perfectly in its frame. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from improper installations to glass naturally warping over time. In the worst cases, you might find that a wooden frame has been warped by extreme temperatures, to the point that it no longer has its original shape and cannot hold a window like it used to. The reason why this is the worst case is that it cannot be simply fixed by getting a new window. You will likely need to remove the frame and replace it with a fresh one.
If you find a window in your home that is suffering from this problem, then you might notice that it feels pretty cold near that window, particularly if you are checking during the winter. The main reason for this is that it is quite easy for heat to escape your home through window frames. Cold breezes can easily enter through these openings, resulting in a drastic decrease in the average temperature of your home.
Door frames are subject to many of the same problems, including warping of wood. Doors also tend to have the disadvantage of being larger than windows, which means that they have more surface area. If there is a problem with your door, then the increased surface area can mean that more heat can escape your home.
For example, if your door is damaged and no longer fits perfectly in the frame, then you might be dealing with an opening that runs the entire height of the frame. This is much larger than most windows, ultimately resulting in much more potential lost heat.
Some door frames are also made entirely of metal, which means that they tend to conduct heat extremely well. This is very bad for the insulation of your home, since conductive materials allow heat to easily exit your home during the winter and enter your home during the summer. If you do have a highly-conductive door, then you will want to make sure that you have a second door layered behind that metal door, in order to increase insulation.
For more information, contact a company like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.