According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter the Southeast will see chilly, wet conditions and, in some areas, wild temperature and precipitation swings. If the 200-year-old formula for predicting weather is correct, you’re going to want to grab some extra blankets and fuzzy socks. But, most importantly, you’re going to want to check your log home or log cabin for potential places that cold air can sneak in.

Here are a few key places to look:

  1. Take a look at your windows. Are your windows as old as your log home? So many advances have been made in the energy efficiency of windows in the past several years making it time to think about replacement. Look for ENERGY STAR rated units that will help keep the heat from escaping and even lower your energy bills.
  2. Evaluate your doors. Do you have hollow steel doors? If so, consider replacing with a solid wood door that is more energy efficient and looks great in a log home or cabin. If a wood door is not an option, make sure you look for ENERGY STAR certified doors.
  3. Check your chinking. Quality chinking can improve a home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat loss where the logs meet. In fact, the R-value (a measure of heat transfer) of a good chink joint can be almost as high as the R-value of a log’s center. One excellent chinking option is Perma-Chink. This elastomeric compound has been specifically designed for use in log home sealing applications. It is available for the do-it-yourselfer or can be installed by a professional log home restorer like your friends at LogMedics.

Take some time to look for cold air leaks so you can stay warm this winter.