Keep your home warm this winter without breaking the bank!

Winter has arrived and in full force. Many of us are wondering “how can we keep warm without breaking the bank?” The team at RCC North DKI have been in the restoration biz for over 35 years, and in that time, we’ve seen a thing or two when it comes to property management.

With that in mind, we decided it might be helpful to offer some useful tips to keep your home toasty this winter season.

Let’s break down the tips into two groups: feng shui and home projects.


Living Room

Ok, so maybe this isn’t exactly “feng shui” but some simple things you can move around your home can really make a difference in keeping you warm this winter.

Curtains: During the day, leaving them open allows the sun to shine in and naturally heat your home and when it gets dark, close them which adds another layer of insulation.

Couch: Make sure your couch is not placed too close to a radiator, this will cause much of the heat in your home to be absorbed. Moving your couch away from a radiator will allow the heat to properly disperse throughout the room.  

Close the doors: If you have rooms in your home that are not overly used, simply closing them will not only contain the heat in the more common areas but will also stop any cold air from those other rooms from entering the rest of the house.

Ceiling fans: We all know these can be a life saver during the summer months, but in the winter, the simple act of turning the switch so the fan goes clockwise can actually help keep you home warm. This will keep the warm air where you want it, closer to the ground – this is especially if you have cathedral ceilings. Bulldog


So now that you’ve rearranged your furniture to maximize heat distribution in your home, let’s take a look at some other long-term solutions that can help you keep your home warm during those cold months.

Upgrade your heating: In some provinces, a heating makes up HALF the energy bill, by upgrading to an efficient heating system, you can save money and stay warm!

Thermostatic radiator valves: Research has shown installing heating controls and a thermostatic radiator vale can result in energy savings of 40% compared to homes without!

Insulation: Did you know that when it comes to heat, about 25% is lost through the roof? This can be reduced by simply installing 25cm of insulation throughout your home. Not only will this help keep your home warm but can reduce ice dam formations, which can cause a lot of damage to both your home interior as well as the exterior.

When it comes to heating your home, there are a lot of different ways to accomplish this. It is important to consider that long term solutions will not only keep you warm but will also increase the value of your home.