It’s not the dark-side-of-the-moon temperatures, bad driving, or the snow banks that scare Canadians about winter. It’s the cost of staying warm! It’s unavoidable, it’s expensive, and depending on exactly where you live, it’s likely to go on until May. However, there are some things you can do to lessen the blow.
Here are a few ways to take some of the bite out of residential heating bills.
- Have your Furnace Serviced: A clean, well-running furnace is a safe furnace and an efficient furnace, so look into service and maintenance plans.
- Is your Home Well-Insulated? Do this experiment: When your neighbourhood next gets a dusting of fresh snow, take a look around. Some roofs will melt it from underneath, while others will hold the snow. A roof that is bare is a sure indication of heat loss. You want your roof to hold the snow – that’s a sign of good insulation.
- Heat yourself First and then your Home: Put on socks, cosy slippers and a sweater, and then snuggle up on the couch with a blanket to read a book or watch TV. Turn the thermostat down to 20°C – still a comfy temperature but one that’ll save residential heating costs.
- Is your Furnace Inefficient and Old? If so, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient model. Check with your provincial government and municipally about rebates or incentive plans. Also look at www.homeperformance.com about government grants for homeowners who make their homes more energy-efficient.
- Close off Unused Rooms: This means you only have to heat the rooms most often used. Also close the vents in unused rooms.
For residential heating in Collingwood ON, contact us at B&R Heating & Cooling. We are a family-owned business that began with father and son in 1995; we employ Comfort Advisors that have years of expertise in the hvac and fireplace industry. Give us a call today.