When the cold weather comes, the temperature inside sometimes feels colder. Here are some helpful hints to help you keep comfortable during the heating season.
Make the most of your heat
- Make sure your heating systems is turned ON.
- If you have radiators, have them bled (to remove trapped air) at the beginning of the winter, and if necessary, a few times during the winter.
- Move couches, bulky chairs, cabinets and other large pieces of furniture away from radiators or baseboard heaters to allow warm air to move throughout the room.
- Pin all drapes up above the top of the built-in heating units or radiators. Drapes hanging on top of heaters prevent heat from entering into the room.
- Keep windows and doors closed tightly. Prevent drafts by caulking or weatherstripping.
- When you are sitting, reading or watching television, wear an extra sweater, socks or slippers, or wrap a blanket around you to keep warm.
- At night wear pajamas and put an extra blanket on the bed.
Monitoring the Temperature
Get a good thermometer.
- Place the thermometer on a table. Keep it a minimum of 4 feet away from all windows and 3-4 feet off the floor.
- Check the temperature at various times throughout the day and keep a record of the readings.
- If the temperature drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) write down the date, time and temperature for your records.
- Ask your neighbour if they have a similar heat problem.
If the temperature in your unit stays below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) contact your superintendent, property manager or land-lord in writing. Include a copy of your temperature readings and the dates they were taken. They may not be aware of the problem you are having and may be able to help you correct it quickly.
Your building representatives may also be able to supply you with other sources of heat (i.e. electric heaters) until the problem is corrected.
If the problem persists
- Contact the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement office at 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) or dial 905-615-4311 if calling outside of City limits.
- An officer will contact the landlord, property manager or superintendent to advise them of the problem and request an immediate resolution.
- If the problem still persists the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Officer will visit the site and take the necessary temperature readings. Should the reading be less than the minimum required by the City's Heat By-law, the Officer may initiate legal action.