Toronto is a wonderful city to live in, full of opportunity and culture. However, there’s no denying that Canadian winters can be quite brutal. Luckily, there are a few elements you can install in your custom home to keep your house nice and cozy during the Fall and Winter months.
Put in a Fireplace
There’s a reason so many homes in Toronto had fireplaces. They’re a great source of heat during the colder months and usually help keep heating bills lower. There are tons of different types of fireplaces and styles to fit your custom home. If you have space, you should definitely include one in your design. Just make sure you pick the best place for your fireplace ahead of time!
Install Radiant Floor Heating
There’s nothing worse than waking up in a warm bed or stepping out of a steamy shower and putting your feet on ice-cold flooring. That’s where radiant floor heating comes in. Radiant floor heating gets installed under your flooring and keeps it a pleasant temperature. It will help lower your heating costs and keep your feet toasty all year long. If you’re interested in this feature, make sure you tell your custom home builder early on since it cannot be used under every flooring type.
Use Double Pane Windows
Windows are one area of your custom home that you won’t want to cheap out on. Double pane windows are worth the extra cost. They help regulate your home’s temperature, making bills lower, and helping the environment. They might be more upfront, but they’ll save you money in the long run, plus you’ll be nice and warm all winter long!
Invest in HVAC
HVAC, which stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is what’s responsible for your home’s temperature. There are different types out there, and you should research which is best for your home. Many people are tempted to skimp here to save money, but it will cost you in the end. A good HVAC system will lower your bills, keep your home a pleasant temperature all year round, and be better for the environment. Trust us when we say the last thing you want is your cheap HVAC system going out in the middle of the winter.
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