5 Things That May Be Keeping Your Family From Being Warm This Winter

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Keeping your family warm in the wintertime is at the top of your priority list. However, that task is sometimes easier said than done. Sometimes it may seem like your house won’t stay warm no matter what you do. There are reasons why this could be occurring.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces can actually do more harm than good in some cases, depending upon the type of fireplace that you have. For instance, if you have a vented fireplace or one that requires a chimney, then you lose heat through the vent or chimney, especially when the fireplace is not in operation. However, if you have a fireplace that features external combustion, then it can be quite an effective heating device that you don’t lose too much heat from.

Insulation

Not having your home properly insulated is another big cause of your home not staying warm in the wintertime. Insulation is what helps keep heat inside, and it’s absolutely essential for homeowners to have. Getting better insulation for your home usually isn’t difficult, though, since there are various Toronto Burlington insulation companies, such as Reitzel Insulation.

Winterize

Just like you have to winterize your swimming pool to get it ready for the winter, so must you do the same with your house. Many electric companies will help you winterize your home by performing energy audits for you upon request. Then, they’ll make suggestions to you as to ways to seal out the cold. For instance, they might advise you to cover some windows with plastic. Some companies might even provide you with the necessary materials to winterize your home.

Drafts

Drafts are another primary cause of your family being cold in the wintertime. Fortunately, there is an easy way to address drafts. Simply purchase door seals and door warmers. These help seal up any and all cracks around doorways so that you don’t have to suffer from the cold that tends to seep in around doors. They are laid down at the bottoms of doorways and can even help you save money on your energy bills since keeping out unwanted drafts will reduce the amount of electricity that it takes to keep your home heated.

Fluctuating Thermostat

Fluctuating your thermostat can also lead to your home being colder. It is best to leave your thermostat set at one temperature all the time so that you home has a consistent heat setting. It can actually make your home colder in the long run to keep raising the temperature and then lowering it again when you get hot. Plus, this leads to expensive energy bills.

These are five of the most common reasons why homes tend to be cold in the wintertime. By addressing these issues, you can make your family warmer and cut down on your heating costs.

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  • Marina Klima January 18, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Hi Amy, great content! I just published a similar blog post on how to stay warm at home a few week ago. I talked about using draft stoppers and using fabric draperies to reduce air leaks. Reading your post gives me another perspective on how to keep warm during the cold season.

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    • Amy LeForge January 20, 2014, 11:05 pm

      Hi Marina,

      Thanks! Keeping warm is very important to me. 😉

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