Make sure your house is properly sealed. Proper insulation, caulking, weather-stripping and other products can greatly reduce heat loss in your home. If you’re in need of insulation, blown-in or spray foam insulation can be a cost effective solution to keep you warm. And to keep Jack Frost at bay, check windows and outlets for drafts to make sure everything is properly sealed and insulated.
Do you have old windows? It may be time to upgrade. Look for windows with a low U-factor for better insulation. You’ll also want to know how much air leaks and how much solar heat the windows transmit.
Is your furnace over 20 years old? It may make sense to replace it. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has a handy guide to help you find the right furnace for your needs.