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Hacks to Stay Warm This Winter

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Hacks to Stay Warm This Winter

Winter is fully upon us – that means cups of hot cocoa, fun in the snow, and delightfully crisp winter air. While many aspects of winter bring us together, there is one thing that divides many of our households: when to turn the heat on, and what the thermostat should be set at.

To honour this age-old contest, we have come up with a few hacks to help keep you and your home a little bit warmer this winter.

Hot Water Bottles

For many of us, hot water bottles are nostalgic and comforting – they are also perfect for keeping us warm during the cold winter months. A good-quality hot water bottle will retain much of its heat throughout the night, and the water can be reused the next day to water the plants, or can be stored to reheat.

You can spend anywhere between $5 and $150 (for those of us that covet cashmere) on a hot water bottle. We think it’s worth investing in a good quality one to keep you warm, but not wet. Never fill a hot water bottle with boiling water and follow the instructions.

Up to a third of a home’s heat loss comes from windows and doors, which account for far less than one third of the total external area of the average home. That means that to efficiently tackle heat loss, one should first address windows.

Window Films 

Up to a third of a home’s heat loss comes from windows and doors, which account for far less than one third of the total external area of the average home. That means that to efficiently tackle heat loss, one should first address windows.

Commercial window film is designed to provide energy savings, heat control, glare reduction, and UV filtering. However, not all window films perform the same. If you want the best possible performance out of your window films – including retaining the most amount of heat possible in winter, you should consider window films that use nano-ceramic technology. The same technology that these films use to keep you cool during the summer will keep you warm all winter long. Nano-ceramic window films out perform every other film on the market, and installation is done quickly and smoothly.

Draft Excluder 

If you don’t have draft excluders, that means that a significant amount of heat is lost through leaky doors. Draft excluders are the simplest and most inexpensive way to deal with icy drafts that sneak in under your door. Draft excluders perform double-duty by blocking cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping.

Layers 

The classic “dad response” to a request to increase the thermostat is: put on a sweater. Despite the cliché, it just makes good sense. If you are shivering in your living room while wearing three sweaters, several pairs of socks, a toque, and wool gloves, then it might be time for the heat. However, it’s asking a lot from your heating system to keep you warm while wearing shorts in December.

We hope these tips have been useful – staying warm while indoors is vital for enjoying what winter has to offer, and making it through to spring.