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Keep the Heat Inside During Winter

In Atlantic Canada, the heating systems are mainly used from October to mid-March. We’ve asked our technicians about what they do to ensure the heat in their home, stays in.

Use your curtains or blinds.

curtains

If you have got curtains or blinds, depending on the weather, you can let them work for you. The sun provides free heat so make sure you open those curtains or blinds to allow the heat in during the day. At night, make sure you shut them so that they provide that thin layer of insulation which allows you to keep the warmth inside.

Time for a different home look

baseboard radiators

Rearrange the furniture around your home to make sure that the heat can move around freely. If a sofa or your favourite lazy boy is near a heating device like a baseboard heater or forced air duct, make sure you move it away. Large furniture absorbs the heat that should be warming your home. By ensuring this kind of furniture is away from the heat source, warm air is able to move around more freely, resulting in a warmer room.

All about that...thermostat

thermostat

Don’t keep changing the temperature on your thermostat. The main purpose of the thermostat is to ensure that the temperature is kept at a level suited to your comfort, so leave it be.

Don’t turn the thermostat up when you enter a chilly room - Your heater is not a vehicle. Pressing down on that heater button isn’t going to heat the house any faster, it is meant to control the temperature. Don’t worry, you’ll ‘warm’ up to it.

Keeping it clean

clean vents

Ensuring your baseboards or heat pump filters are clean means that the warm air actually makes it out of the vents and into your home. Most manuals will contain instructions on how to effectively clean out your baseboards or filters.

Close those gaps

caulking

Look for some extra area around your windows and doors that could allow cold air to enter your home. If you can't seem to find that easily just hold up your hand near the edges and check if you can feel a draft. If so, some simple sealant or weather stripping should fill any cracks.

Use your appliances to add heat

appliances

If you tend to use the oven a lot, after baking or using it, keep the door open if it is safe to do so and the heat will spread around the house. If you’re drawing up a bath, leave the door open till you get in so that the heat can move around the house.

Add more insulation

add insulation

Having poor insulation in your attic or basement may cost you. Adding insulation to key places or even upgrading insulation in your whole home, can make a difference. If you aren’t letting the hot air escape outside, you are keeping your home warmer.

If you’re looking for heating systems, we’ve taken a look at selecting the right heating system for your home.

Visit WilsonsHeating.ca for more details or offers.

Sources:

http://theconversation.com/10-ways-to-keep-your-house-warm-and-save-money-this-winter-67285

https://www.familyhandyman.com/heating-cooling/unexpected-ways-to-keep-your-house-warm-this-winter/