The cold winter months can invite a chill into your home, causing you to turn your heater up a notch. Unfortunately, turning your heater up could cause your heating bill to spike tremendously. Luckily for you, there are some unique ways you can warm yourself and your home while saving money on your monthly heating costs.
Preparing for the Incoming Cold
Some of the coldest Canadian cities include:
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Timmins, Ontario
- South Porcupine, Ontario
- Regina, Saskatchewan
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Quebec City, Quebec
If you live in some of the coldest cities, you must be prepared to face the onslaught of winter before it hits. Some of the following ways you can prepare your home for winter include:
- Sealing your home: Aside from shutting the doors and windows, you need to make sure you seal your home thoroughly. Even the smallest of cracks can blow a blistering chill right through your home. Start by placing clear plastic over the windows. Staple the edges to seal the plastic and protect against the cold. Install weather stripping around all the doors and windows.
- Insulate your home: Have a professional come in and check the insulation within your home. Inadequate insulation can cause your heating bill to rise exponentially. You will need to have insulation reinstalled into your home, especially behind the walls and within your attic.
- Heating maintenance: You do not want to wait until the cold weather arrives to discover there is a problem with your heater. Contact a heating professional to find out about heating inspection and maintenance. A professional can make sure your heater works properly and replace any components that may have gone bad.
What Goes Up Must Come Down
Heat rises, meaning you may feel colder when you sit down to watch a movie or lay down to sleep. Although it is a costly option, you can ask a heating professional to install heating vents above your head. Heating vents in the floor push the hot air up, which does little to warm your home. Ceiling vents push the hot air down, which circulates the hot air better so you can turn down your heater.
If you cannot afford to have vents installed above your head, purchase ceiling fans instead. Install ceiling fans throughout your home, particularly in the living room and bedrooms. Rather than turning the heater up, turn the ceiling fans, in winter setting (usually clockwise), on and allow them to circulate the warm air through your home.
Warm Yourself, Not Your Home
Rather than reaching over to turn up the thermostat, try warming yourself first. Start by adding an extra layer of clothing. A comfy, soft terrycloth robe can make you feel warm and cozy even on the coldest winter days. Add a pair of warm slippers to the mix, and there will be no need to turn up the heat.
Visit your local bed and bath store to purchase an electric blanket. When you sleep at night, you can turn down your heater and turn on the electric blanket. For best results, place the electric blanket beneath your fitted sheet. Placing the heated blanket beneath your fitted sheet will keep your entire bed warm as the heat from the blanket rises.
Finally, make sure you dry off completely after exiting the shower. Towel dry your body and your hair and breakout the hair dryer. If your body and hair remain wet, it can make you feel cold, especially on a chilly winter day. If you prefer not to use a blow dryer, wrap your hair in a towel until it is dry.
If for any reasons you have problems with your heater during the cold winter months, contact a professional about heating repair. Anything from grinding noises to a heater that fails to produce warm air could be a sign of trouble. Additionally, you could always ask the professional how else you can save money on your heating bill each month.