5 Tips to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group
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The chilly weather is returning to Metro Vancouver this week and the next. We like to return home to a warm and toasty home after a day out. Here a some simple things you can do to keep the warmth inside your home and keep the cool air out.

1. Keep warm by closing doors. If you spend a lot of time in some rooms, close the doors to create a sauna like atmosphere. Leave the door closed at night, let the heat run like normal, and as there are not many gaps for heat to escape, so the room is warm in the morning.

2. Close doors to rooms that you don’t use. If you use this method remember to make sure you close the vents in those rooms. This lowers the heated square footage, and the warm air will spread quicker and easier through the house.

3. Utilize space/portable heaters. Portable heaters are great for keeping individual rooms warm. The danger is that they are a high-risk fire hazard and account for one-third of all heating-related house fires in the winter. Remember to keep any flammable material three feet away from the heater, and make sure it is on an even and stable surface. Never leave space heaters on overnight or when you leave the home. Also it’s a good idea to use space heaters that shut off automatically if they tip get knocked over.

4. Use the oven. Baking, and broiling things will keep your house/kitchen warmer. After you are finished with the oven, leave the door open and let the warm air drift into your other rooms.

5. Add layers to your wood floors. Uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. Carpets and rugs keep rooms warm. They are better at trapping heat than the wood floors. Add a rug or roll of carpet to your floor in the winter, and you’ll notice a difference in the level of warmth.

We at Ashton hope you will spend your holidays toasty and warm. If your furnace/boiler or heat pump is acting up, please call us at 604-283-2383 for service. We have people on call 24/7.

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