This morning it was -31C and the windchill put that even colder in the the -40's!
Is your home handling the cold?
Whether or not you are moving or just want to improve the heat in your home this year or next, here are a few things you can do:
- Upgrade your furnace to a high efficiency,
- I personally like the variable speed fan models. Less of a blast of the cold air when you turn it up. We found the folks at http://www.lennoxdealer.com/ariesairflo/3-list.aspx?cat=2 quite helpful.
- Upgrade your old wood frame or aluminum frame windows.
- We utilized the guys at www.windowmasters.ca and it made a difference not only in warmth but also street noise.
- New siding, add some exterior insulation to that older home.
- Be sure to look into adding http://building.dow.com/na/en/products/insulation/cladmatexl.htm not only will your home be quieter but yes indeed warmer. If your home was built early 80"s or older and the siding is due for a face lift. I highly recommend it.
- Finish your basement or at least frame and insulate teh outer walls.
All of the above are certainly not ground breaking wow tips, but a few of the items we've done personally in our home over the recent years and it makes a difference in heating bills as well as heat retention. Do a little at time or all at once and you'll appreciate it this or next winter.
All of the above upgrades not only add personal enjoyment and increased livability but also modernizes your home. Home value increase with infrastructure renovations but also aids in saleability. You'll get a bit more for your home when you do move and it will certainly aid in making the difference between "for sale" and "sold".
Your Friend in Real Estate,
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