Ottawa home heating bills tend to go through the roof in the harsh winter months.
With average temperatures well below 0℃, there’s not much you can do but keep your home as warm as possible – regardless of the bill at the end of the month.
However, there are a few simple ways to keep your house temperature comfortable and your heating bills low. Take a look.
Keeping an Eye on That Thermostat
Practicing the “set it and forget it” method with thermostats will only end up costing you money.
To get the temperature just right, you need to keep an eye on your thermostat and adjust it according to your needs.
There’s no need for you to lounge around in shorts and T-shirts in the middle of winter. Dress warmly, and keep the temperature at around 21℃ while you’re at home.
Lower the temperature to around 16℃ when you go to bed – it will save you money and could even improve your sleep!
Closing the Chimney Flue When Not in Use
Leaving the chimney flue open when you’re not using it is practically the same as cranking up the windows in the middle of winter.
It will let the warm air escape and introduce cold air to your home. Not only will the temperature drop quickly, but it will take more energy and time to raise it back up.
So, if you want to lower your bills for Ottawa home heating, remember to close the chimney flue.
Make Sure Your Windows Are Not Losing You Heat
Heating Ottawa homes would be much more efficient and affordable if everyone had the optimum levels of insulation and highly efficient windows.
However, as it is, the average home suffers up to 35% heat loss due to windows, doors, and skylights.
The best solution would be upgrading your doors and windows and making sure there’s no draft around them.
If this isn’t within your budget, you can get inexpensive coverings and install them over the windows you don’t use in winter (or place blankets around them).
Clean up Everything Before the Season Starts
Dusty vents and radiators won’t only affect your indoor air quality or leave your house smelling stale. They’ll also keep the overall temperature down.
Dust will prevent your radiators from heating your home properly. That will have you cranking up the temperature and increasing your Ottawa home heating bills without getting your money’s worth.
Before the winter starts, clean your vents and radiators, remove any furniture or rugs that might be blocking them, and enjoy a warm winter.
Heat up Rooms You Use ONLY!
Finally, if you want to save money during winter, you should stop heating up the rooms you’re not using.
You’ll only be wasting your money and increasing your heating Ottawa bills without getting much in return.
Enjoy a Comfortable Ottawa Winter in Savings
With these few simple tricks, you’d be lowering your heating costs significantly.
And if your HVAC system is acting up at the most inopportune time in the middle of winter, Advanced HVAC will always be there to have your back.
Contact us if you want to improve the efficiency of your Ottawa home heating and reduce your heating bills.