2019 Home and Garage Heating Tools and Tips
The Polar Vortex that has hit the United State has resulted in extremely low temperatures that have led to canceled flights and dangerous conditions all over the country. A Polar Vortex is a huge area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles.
States like Michigan have asked their residents to turn down their thermostats after a blaze at a compressor station on Wednesday. The blaze led to the closure of the gas flowing from the Consumer Energy site.
The Polar Vortex 2019 has caused a deep freeze to sweep over the Midwest. The extreme cold temperatures have forced the closure of roads, state offices, and schools. Services like mail and train have all been suspended in some various states. This means most people are stuck indoors keeping warm. However, is your home well heated for your comfort? Here, we will discuss a couple of heating tools and tips that will get your home and garage warm and at your preferred temperature:
Home Heating Tips
Here are some important tips to consider when you are looking to heat up your home during this grizzly winter season:
- Baseboard Heating – These are quite costly to keep up and running accounting for about 50% of your home’s electric bill. However, to keep the cost down it is helpful if you keep them clean and turn them off in rooms that you are not using. Also, keeping them at an ideal temperature by using a baseboard heating thermostat will also keep the cost down.
- Thermostat Settings – Owning a programmable thermostat will save you a huge chunk of money as you gain control over your home’s temperature. It is a small investment that enables you to be able to reduce wasted heat as you get to turn it on when you are home, and off when you are out of the house. A programmable thermostat also gives you the ability to set it and forget it. This simply means you can set your thermostat to set at specific times of the day for example when you are at work or asleep.
- Draft proofing – Your home may be drafty and losing warm air to the outside and letting in cold air which ends up wasting your heat. The best way to tackle this is by sealing up gaps which will reduce heat loss. Window coverings are also great ways to effectively minimize heat loss over the winter period.
- Using a Space Heater – Space heaters, even Walmart space heaters, are quite costly when it comes to electric bills but there are ways you can use to keep your bill low and still get to warm your home space. To effectively use a space heater: use it in a small enclosed space, place it at the corner of the room, close the rooms doors and finally, turn it off once you leave the room.
Garage Heating Tools and Tips
Garages are not the warmest part of the house and they get even colder if they are a stand-alone building. When winter finally rolls in, getting your car from the freezing garage or carrying out some DIY projects become less than enjoyable. Here, we will discuss a couple of tools and tips to get your garage warm and cozy making it a comfortable place to spend time even during the blistering winter:
- Insulation – Insulation is the first step in making your garage warm. Before spending money on heating equipment, you should invest in insulating your garage to avoid heat escaping through poorly insulated ceilings, doors, and walls. The best materials for insulation are fiberglass-based products or wool, both of which are available at almost all home improvement stores.
- Eliminating Air Gaps – After insulation, the next step is to pay close attention to the cold air sipping through gaps, cracks or drafts in the windows and doors. The best place to start is the garage door since it is usually huge and has tons of places cold air may intrude your garage space. Draft excluders are great in sealing off some of these areas especially those under the door. You can also use draft excluders around the windows if you have large windows on your garage doors.
- Forced Air Heater – this heating equipment works by forcing hot air into your garage which warms the air in your garage. Having one installed and attached to a wider duct system running through your home may prove quite expensive and may make it quite uncomfortable to use your garage space for DIY projects or other activities.
- Convection Heater – they are more convenient than forced air heaters as they can be placed almost anywhere in your garage. They use air convection streams which circulate through your home’s heating unit and heating up the air around the unit.
- Underfloor Heating – this is very common especially for rooms with tiled floors. They are more common in bathrooms or kitchens but are now being used in colder cities during winter in their garages. It uses plastic pipes filled with water which heats up with the central heating system. This kind of heating is appealing to homeowners who use their garage more often for various activities.
- Propane Heater – this is the best heater when it comes to cost to benefit ratio. They range widely in shape and size and are relatively cheap to run.
After a major storm or blizzard, it is important to take some precautions. These include:
- Staying tuned to local news.
- Keep in mind you may not be able to access your home.
- Ensure you have your identification with you.’
- Avoid driving around as some of the roads may not be safe.
- It is also important to have professional contractors inspect your home for any damages and assist you in repairs.
Keeping your home warm and safe during winter should always be a priority for you. With these tips and tools, you can rest assured that your home and garage will be warm and cozy Once all issues of heat loss have been sorted out, you will have an airtight home ready for heating. What are you waiting for?