Want to spend toasty Winters? - Use these 5 ways

It's not easy to keep yourself warm in Toronto when the temperature falls up to -30 and below. Coats and sweaters and socks and caps and jackets and mufflers, you have to be all so packed up when outdoors to avoid the extreme chilly blows of Winter but what about the time your indoors? Did you know that on average, an individual spends over 80% of his life indoors and needless it is to say, that covered up with one over the other warm cloth is very uncomfortable. It is essential to create a moderate indoor environment to feel not just the warmth to combat cold but also to feel the ultimate home comfort.
Below are 5 ways to keep yourself toasty and comfortable in Winters. Extreme Winters of Toronto ... started feeling frozen?   

1. Choose High-Efficiency Furnace

High-Efficiency Furnace

Oh no, you got it wrong. We aren't suggesting you to purchase a new Furnace when you have your Furnace working well. This is primarily for those who are seeking to purchase a new Furnace or have their Furnace too over aged to be replaced. Choose High-Efficiency Furnace to feel an incredible toasty feeling. High-Efficiency Furnaces though a bit costly save you money in long run by saving on energy bills.

2. Change/Replace Furnace filters

Furnace Filters

Since it is your Furnace which is responsible for creating the indoor warmth for you, it is important to check it's parts primarily the Filters. Dirty filters hinder the proper functioning of a Furnace. Check the condition of the filters and clean or replace them. Filters are available in cheap prices so if you're willing to save yourself the headache of washing them, replace them with newer ones.

3. Humidity Level - It's Important!

Humidifiers HD photos

Better the humidity, greater the warmth. To maintain a well moderate indoor temperature, check the indoor humidity level. If the level is above or below the required level, tune it by using quality Humidifiers. The better the humidity, the greater the warmth, the lesser the use of appliances and the lesser the bills.

4. Zoning

Smart Thermostat Photo

Using the zoning technology, only the rooms where the heat is required can be warmed and for the rest, the ducts are closed to avoid energy loss. You can enjoy better warmth in intense cold temperature by using Zoning thermostat technology.

5. Insulation

Foam bed Home Insulation

The non-insulated basement and attic cause up to 30% of heat loss. It is, therefore, important to go for insulation before the Winter begins. Have your home already insulated? Check it again for possible fixations.

Bottom Line

Keeping yourself warm while also saving energy isn't difficult. All it requires is a careful approach towards Winters and following practices suggested by experts and here you go! You can enjoy cappuccino sitting on a couch with ultimate warmth all around you. Let's once repeat:
In order to enjoy toasty winters;
2. Replace/Clean furnace filters
3. Maintain Humidity level by using Humidifiers  
4. Use Zoning Thermostats
5. Check Home Insulation

This Winter, try these tips and come back with your feedback on how did you feel like?


DIY Furnace Maintenance hacks

Running your home comfort heating and cooling appliances for a long run depends on your treatment with them. Ever wondered why people review differently on the efficiency of a product or the product installation service company? Even when the product is same and so is the technical staff, sometimes people have totally different feedbacks. Someone from Toronto might tell that Rheem water heater was the best product they ever bought while someone else from Hamilton may appear complaining that Rheem's water heater of the same model did not last longer at their home. A company may be receiving 95% positive customer reviews and in that, a couple of homeowners may pop out complaining of poor services.
So, what's that?

There's no denying the fact that we're living in the world where nothing's perfect. A product could be faulty, or the services may not have been up to the standards. But there's also another possibility and that is; the homeowners themselves ruined the product due to improper keeping and maintenance. Keeping proper maintenance is what gives the home comfort devices a longer life span and a saving of energy and money. Since we know that you wish to learn how could you keep good maintenance of appliances, here are some quick DIY maintenance hacks for furnaces.

DIY Furnace maintenance hacks:

Checking for gas leaks

That's important! Gas leakage from the gas pipes doesn't just mean a high bill, it also means that you're risking yourself if the leakage goes serious. The simple DIY tricks to make sure there are no gas leaks are given below:

1. It's as simple as that. Smell around the furnace gas piping. In case you sense no smell, great! But if you feel something fishy fishy, make sure to call professional help. No more DIY.

2. The gas leakage could be so negligible that you may fail to sense it. For that, dissolve some detergent in water. Pour that solution over the gas piping. If there's a gas leakage, bubbles will form as the liquid flows through the leaked pipe area.

Cleaning the blower: 

You can find the blower assembly at the very bottom of a furnace (In most models). The furnace blower gets dusty over time and this dust and debris take away its otherwise fair efficiency. It is for this reason that cleaning the blower fan is as much an important part of furnace maintenance as cleaning the other parts it.
1. Turn all power supplies off before opening the blower assembly. Warning!

2. Replace the front panel carefully depending on its type. Some front panels are screw fixed, others have hinges.

3. It's finally the time to clean the fan. For that, take the fan out from the fan unit.

4. Use an old toothbrush and clean the spaces between the blades.

Cleaning the blower assembly is crucial for furnace maintenance. It is because the blower assembly is the very area that pulls the air from the back of the furnace, heats it and provides it for warming the room. The dirty or clogged fan will contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality.

DIY Heat exchanger cleaning: 

Furnace heat exchanger

1. Switch off all power supplies before doing any cleaning process in the heat exchanger chambers.

2. Use a soft brush to clean the chambers. A vacuum could do a better cleaning of the small areas where the brush would fail to do the work.

Cleaning/replacing furnace filters: 

Furnace filters

1. Take the filter out of the furnace.

2. Furnace filters are available at cheap prices. The easiest and quick furnace maintenance tip is to replace the older furnace with a newer one.

3. If you can manage to clean the filters, use some soap water and clean them using a brush until they're fully cleaned.

4. Dry the filters and place them back.

Using these simple DIY furnace maintenance hacks, you can not only increase the lifespan of your furnace but can also save the maintenance cost.