Practical Tips

Here are a few simple and practical tips to help improve the comfort level in your building.

Install destratification (ceiling) fans

Cold air and warm air have different densities above ground, and if they are not mechanically mixed, by whatever means, they will produce stratification (different layers of temperature). The highest temperature is found at the top, namely near the ceiling. This is most pronounced in places with high ceilings. In cases where this is undesirable, installing destratification fans may be an economical solution to redistribute hot air. The minimum clearance for this type of machine is 8 ft . or 2.43 m .

Eliminate obstacles

If you have a forced-air supply system, remove any obstacles in conduits, registers and cold air return registers so that the air can circulate freely throughout the network.

Look for hot spots

If you have a hydronic heating system (i.e. that uses hot water), look for hot points on the boiler wall and hot water distribution pipe, as they indicate insulation gaps. Remember, if it's too hot to the touch, you're losing a lot of heat. Also, check pumps and valves to detect any water leakage.

Strip curtains

Strip curtains are made of transparent plastic or rubber strips. They should be installed wherever there is heavy traffic to and from areas with different temperatures (e.g. storeroom and garage). Installing strip curtains can help decrease the climate transfer between the two areas.

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