6 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

There’s no better feeling than sitting inside in your warm living room on a cold winter day, wearing a pair of cozy slippers and watching a holiday flick. That is, if your home isn’t letting that pesky cold in.

If you’re feeling the chill in your home this winter, here are some tips for sending it right back out so you can comfortably finish Elf for the fiftieth time.

1. Get yourself a humidifier

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Humidity can make a room feel much warmer than it actually is. It’s a relatively inexpensive one-time purchase that will help combat the cold and in the long run, be the much more affordable option to jacking up the heat in your place.

2. Close your curtains at night…

Believe it or not, your curtains can be effective in keeping warm air from escaping through the windows. Closing them at night allows them to act as an extra layer of insulation and helps keep the room warm. This can also reduce condensation on your windows.

3. …But keep them open during the day

Contrary to the last tip, try opening your blinds during the day to let the sun heat your home up, especially on south-facing windows. Although it’s cold outside, the concentrated heat from the sun can really warm up the room. The natural heat can also save you a bit of money on your next energy bill.

4. Replace poorly insulated windows

Especially in Canada’s cold winter climate, the integrity of your windows can be the difference between a cold home and a warm one. Dated or poorly insulated windows will allow too much of your home’s warm air to seep through the cracks, leaving a semi-permanent chill in your place. Polar’s triple-pane windows are designed to keep the cold out. If you’re due for a window replacement, we’ll make sure your home receives the care it deserves.

5. Replace poorly insulated doors

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Just like poorly insulated windows, a dated entry door can let in cold drafts that are sure to jack up your heating bill. In the long run, you’ll end up paying much more on energy bills than you would on the actual door, so save yourself the cash. Polar doors are built for Canadian climates, meaning you won’t have to ruin perfectly good towels by stuffing them under your current doors to deal with those cool drafts anymore.

6. Move your furniture to warm spots

Maximize your warmth potential by finding the warmest spots in your house and hanging out in them. Got a fireplace? Centre your furniture around it. See a warm vent overhead? Guess you just found a great new spot for that ottoman you never really sit on. You may end up finding that your furniture is now strewn about your place in a strange fashion, but as Canadians, we’ll do whatever we can to combat the treacherous outdoor freeze.

Looking for a new door or set of windows? Book your free, in-home consultation today.

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Iconic Doors in Cinema

Polar Ray-O-MaxThroughout cinematic history, doors have played an essential part in framing legendary shots, telling stories through metaphors and symbolism, and they’ve even been used for comedic effect. No matter how they are being used, doorways have played a significant part in movie history. Take a look at some of the most iconic doorway scenes in movies.

The Shining

If there’s anything everyone remembers in this terrifying 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror classic, it is what is referred to as the “Here’s Johnny” scene. It has been called the scariest scene in cinema history. In this iconic scene, a deranged, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson breaks through the bathroom door to get to his terrified wife. According to film legend, the famous line, “here’s Johnny” was improvised by Nicholson.

 The Godfather

Doors are used symbolically in film for great effect. In the Francis Ford Coppola directed 1972 crime epic The Godfather, doors are used to separate men from women. In the film’s unforgettable final scene, Michael, played by Al Pacino, is shown through a doorway accepting his position as the Corleone family’s new boss. As his wife, played by Diane Keaton, looks through the doorway, one of Michael’s associates closes the door, literally and metaphorically shutting her out of Michael’s new mafioso life.

Blue Velvet

In one memorable scene from this 1986 David Lynch film, Kyle MacLachlan snoops around in the apartment of Isabella Rossellini. When she arrives home with Dennis Hopper, he dives into the closet, watching a horrific scene unfold through a closet door.

The Big Lebowski

One trope that many moviegoers will recognize is the old “using a chair to lock door” trick. Many movie characters have locked themselves in rooms by lodging chairs into doors, preventing intruders from properly opening. In the Cohen Brothers’ class, The Big Lebowski, the main character attempts to keep out potential intruders by lodging a chair against his apartment door. Since he fails to understand how this process works, the chair simply falls forward when the intruders open the door.

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The History And Unique Features Of A Craftsman Style Door

From the turn of the 20th century through the 1920s, Craftsman bungalows were among the most popular small houses in North America. Its emphasis on quality handcrafted furnishings for middle-class homes heavily influenced the early work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To fully appreciate the uniqueness of Craftsman doors, it helps to understand the history of the Craftsman style.

The style has its roots in mid-19th century Britain as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. Practitioners eschewed the techniques of mass production and emphasized handcrafted goods. In the 1890s, a group of influential Bostonians imported the style into North America and formed the Society of Arts and Crafts. As stated in their credo, the Society’s mission was “to stimulate in workmen an appreciation of the dignity and value of good design; to counteract the popular… desire for over-ornamentation and specious originality.”

Doors built in the Craftsman-style commonly feature glass panes in the upper third of the door. These are separated from the panelled portion below it by a thick piece of trim. On houses, common architectural designs include gabled roofs, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and decorative brackets under the eaves, and handcrafted stone or woodwork throughout the structure.

For more information on having Craftsman or many other style doors installed in your home, speak to one of our representatives today.

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