These 5 Changes to Your House Can Help You Survive the Harsh Canadian Winters
The winters in Canada can be very harsh. If you are not prepared for such weather conditions, life can become a bit difficult for you.
So to help you prepare, here are 5 ideas for changes to your house so that you can survive the harsh Canadian winters.
#1 Getting a space heater
Having a fireplace at your house is indeed a big deal. It makes your house look classy and gives it a touch of elegance. Most importantly, a fireplace can keep you warm when it is cold outside. This is something you will be eternally grateful for if you have ever experienced a Canadian winter.
Winters are unpredictable in Canada. You never know when they will take a turn for the worst. When it comes to keeping warm during such harsh weather, there is nothing as soothing as sitting in front of a fireplace, perhaps with a warm cup of coffee and a book to keep you busy.
Sadly, the fireplace is unlikely to be in your bedroom, meaning that you cannot enjoy the warm cozy feeling once you are tucked in bed. Or could you?
While you cannot bring the fireplace to your room, you can, however, get yourself a space heater. They can produce a similar effect to a fireplace and can keep you equally warm and comfy. And besides, unlike your fireplace, you can actually carry it with you wherever you are going, including your bedroom. Just make sure it is kept away from dry objects, and follow necessary safety precautions.
#2 Switching to warmer and comfier blankets
It might be time for you to switch to a warmer and comfier blanket before winter starts setting in. Get a blanket that will not just keep you warm but will also help you sleep better.
Weighted blankets (also known as heavy blankets) are often used to serve these purposes. It is very common to use a weighted blanket in Canada, especially when it gets extremely cold. This blanket will not only ensure that you stay warm, but its even weight distribution will guarantee a stress-free night of sleep. Weighted blankets can help you fall asleep a lot quicker as well, something a lot of people fail to do during such cold winters.
#3 Carpeting the whole floor
Carpeting your entire floor is probably something you had once thought about doing, but deemed unnecessary at one point and did not go through with the plan. After all, the whole process can cost you a lot, depending on the size of your house, and will also require effort on your end to keep the carpet clean and well-maintained.
However, you might want to rethink your decisions and get your floors carpeted. Canadian winters can make it really tough for you to put your bare foot down on the floor. You could wear slippers, but a carpeted floor is a more viable approach if you are thinking of the long run.
If you want, you could install the carpet on your own. You should also use this as an opportunity to rearrange your furniture for the winter (more on that later).
#4 Fixing any leaks and cracks
Leaks and cracks allow the warmth to escape and the cold air to enter, making your house feel like the inside of an igloo in the Arctics. To avoid this unwanted experience, you need to find and fix all the leaks and cracks in your house.
Start with the roof; check for any cracks or holes on it. Then move to the walls, windows, door panels, and so on. Every time you find an entry point for the cold wind, you seal it immediately. If the hole is a bit too big, you should be prepared to cover it with bricks and cement.
#5 Rearranging your furniture
It is important to rearrange your furniture for ventilation. Make sure none of your furniture is directly blocking the air vents in your house. Place them away from the vents. You could also bring them closer to your fireplace if you would like.
Also, clean up the vents and the fireplace at your home while you are at it.
As you can tell, surviving the winters in Canada requires quite a lot of work, but it is not entirely impossible. With a bit of time and effort, you can manage it all, and spend your winters in a more relaxed manner.