Next year you’ll have it renovated. Meanwhile, keep out the chill

Don’t be colder than you need to be this winter, especially if your house needs upgrading. Here are some things to do before the snow flies:

  • Check your attic. How’s the insulation? Make sure warm air can’t leak to the outdoors through the roof.
  • Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat loss. Think about getting them replaced with energy-efficient versions that really do stop the cold from entering your house. If you can’t do that this year, make sure they are sealed with caulking. If they’re single pane or don’t have storms, cover them with a good window film.
  • Get your furnace and ducts inspected by a professional. Make sure the furnace is running at optimum efficiency.
  • Investigate alternate heat sources – air tight wood stoves, pellet stoves, or radiant heat. If you can’t accomplish this in time this winter, do your research for next year. While you’re at it, make a list of the “cold” areas of your house.
  • Don’t let your chimney make you cold. If you have a fireplace, close the flue when you’re not using it. Not everything that goes up the chimney is smoke. Often it’s precious heat.
  • Close off rooms you don’t use regularly. Close the door and make sure there are no leaks around the bottom or top.
  • Use ceiling fans, but reverse them. Let them push that warm air down instead of up.
  • Check the outside of your house for cracks. If you spot any, fill them with a caulking compound right away… before it snows.
  • Call a professional to check your roof. Missing shingles, bare spots and holes allow heat to escape.
  • Invest in a “smart home” automation system that turns your thermostat down when you’re away from home, and back up again just before you return.