At W.O Stinson & Son LTD we are proud to employ industry experts in the field of home comfort. At the end of a long day, we all have a place we call home. Whether it is a: country home, city home, townhome, apartment, cottage or trailer. We too need to look out for our families, our pocket books and ourselves this winter in just the same way our customers do. We work hard day in and day out to ensure our customers stay warm this winter and keep their heating costs manageable. We would like to take this opportunity to share some of the tricks we use at home to keep our own heating costs low, and not put an added stress on your bank account.
Time for a re-design? Not only is it great “Feng Shui” to rearrange your home in the winter, it could save you up to 5% on your heating bill. Think strategically about the furniture in your home. Ensure that there are no pieces of furniture blocking any heating vents on the floor. Place furniture in places in your home that get a lot of sunlight in the day. Darker colour furniture will absorb sunlight through the day and release it back into your home once the sun goes down.
As everyone’s mom used to say, “We aren’t heating the neighborhood!”
Pick up some spray sealant from your local hardware store and spray it in the general area. Many webs mean many leaks. If you see a surplus of webs, consider a more permanent solution.
I f you have south facing windows, open the drapes before you leave for work. Chances are you get a good amount of mid-morning and afternoon sun. Why not take advantage of it? If your windows do not face south, or you are in a place where the sun is blocked, keep your drapes closed throughout the day. Regardless, always close your drapes at night, and make sure those low hanging curtains are not obstructing the airflow from your floor vents.
Heat what you need first. If you have unused or little used rooms in your home, like a guest room, consider shutting the floor vent and the door. This can reduce your heating bill by 2% in a medium sized family home. Be careful not to do this in your basement. Even if you do not spend much time in the lowest level of your home, it is important to keep this space well heated. The heat will rise and keep your floors warmer, warmer floors make a huge difference in the way our bodies interpret home heating, and will keep us from cranking up that thermostat.
Spring-cleaning is important, but do not forget about cleaning in the fall. Ensure you spend extra time cleaning your floor and ceiling vents. Pet hair can cause vents to work inefficiently and cost you over the heating season. Make sure you are not stuck in the doghouse, and keep Fido’s fur OUT of the venting system.
Always anticipate the heating season. We know it is looming in the distance, even as we try and soak every last drop out of summer. Ensure that you have maintenance preformed on your furnace by a professional well before the heating season begins. Get your furnace cleaned annually and replace air filters when needed. Don’t be afraid to ask your furnace technician about how to ensure your system is performing well, you will be glad you did.