The GTA has seen no shortage of extreme cold weather alerts this winter and for many who lost power during the ice storm, keeping warm in your house or condo became top priority. Even with power fully restored, some might be feeling the pinch of old man winter and finding that their house/condo isn’t as warm as they could hope for. If you’re struggling with heat loss in your home, try some of these easy ways to stay warm, especially in cold weather.
Space heaters can really help with adding warmth, but if you have active pets or small children, they may pose a threat to safety; be sure to carefully follow safety instructions. A great alternative to electric heaters are the safer infrared heaters which retail for $130 and up and can be found at your local Home Depot, Costco or Canadian Tire. Also be sure to dress in layers, warm flannel or wool sweaters, warm winter slippers, long underwear…etc. Busting out all your most comfy warm clothing will help keep you warm and offer immediate relief if you get too hot.
In your house, even with new houses, some of the following precautionary measures are a great way to ensure your home doesn’t suffer from excessive heat loss throughout the winter months: make sure door seals are caulked, use draft guards under doors, wrap pipes with freeze tape, and use shrink wrap internal window film to insulate your windows. Also make sure that your vents are not covered by furniture; even if there’s an opening for air to pass, the heat will be absorbed by the furniture and not into the air which is where you want it to be for your house to be warm.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a functional fireplace in your house or condo, using it for heat is a great option. With new houses the chimney stack is clean but be sure to do annual maintenance on your fireplace and chimney. If you haven’t serviced your fireplace in a while, be sure to block off unused fireplaces, because they can be a major source of heat loss. Always remember that whenever you’re using a fireplace or gas heater to stay warm, the area must be properly ventilated.