Winter can be a wonderful time for many, especially those that enjoy outside activities like skiing and playing hockey. At the same time, winter in colder climates presents many challenges for those who are dependent on furnaces and heating systems. Since furnaces and building systems sometimes take time to adjust to fluctuating temperatures, there are a number of approaches that renters and owners can take to stay comfortable inside and reduce overall heating expenses.
For instance, a person can conserve some heat by simply closing and keeping closed the windows and curtains. A common culprits of radiant heat loss in your home, apartment or condominium unit is often the windows. If the replacement of windows isn't in the budget, you can cover drafty windows to prevent warm air from escaping with a thin sheet of plastic. A simple “window kit” can make a big difference in reducing any drafts. Reminder: always make sure to get permission from your landlord (if applicable) or check your condominium bylaws before installing anything or modifying your windows. Depending on your situation, this cost may even be covered by your landlord or your condominium corporation.
Doors can also be a source of heat loss or draft. You can help draft-proof your doors with weather-stripping and caulking, or installing a door sweep or a draft-stopper at the bottom of the doors. This is another cost effective approach with big return as you won't be using as much heat to keep your apartment or house warm. Additionally, if your apartment has radiators, all furniture and window coverings should be kept away from them to promote air circulation. By keeping them clean and the louvers properly adjusted you can easily maximize the airflow through the radiator in addition to absorbing heat. Again and most importantly, make sure to move furniture (and yes, that includes all: chairs, couches, bookcases, entertainment units, desks, beds, etc.) so that they aren’t too close to your radiators. Take care to make sure that window coverings don't cover them either as divert heat to the windows instead of into the rest of the room.
If a tenant or owner notices any of these maintenance issues, your property manager is only a call or email away to assist in resolving and providing tips and solutions to help get through the cool season. Winter is only as cold as you want it to be – with a few easy-to-implement winter house and apartment heating tips like the above, you’ll be able to keep warm and toasty when the temperature drops below the freezing mark.