I think my cold room is *too* cold...
About 18 months ago I moved into a 110 year old house in rreally pretty good shape. One of the things I likeed about the kitchen was the small (6'x8') windowed room off the kitchen that I have great pantry plans for.
My elderly neighbor tells me it's technically a "keeping room", where you kept your perishables, because it's cooler than the rest of the house.
Waaaay cooler. Midway thru last winter I took to keeping the door shut, and then put weatherstripping on the door. the draft is palable, all the way to the front rooms. As much as I miss the light, this winter I shut the door back in November, and the reduction in heat bills was noticeable.
There is no heat source to this room, which has outside walls on two sides, a small double paned new window, and is on the north side of the house. I *think* it is over the basement, rather than a crawl space, but I want to double check that.
Out of curiosity, I put a high-low thermometer in there this week, and over a few days when the outside temp was in the teens, it ranged from 23 to 35.
Until I saw the actual temps I had just accepted this room would be like a giant walk-in fridge in the winter, but I'm beginning to wonder if that's just too cold, if it might be hurting the house in someway. I don't mind keeping the door shut in the winter, but what's the best way to take the edge off a bit?
It's an brick old house, and I've got the utility company coming out soon to do an energy audit -- I don't know what the insulation situation is, or even how you insulate brick -- but I thought I'd check in and see if anyone had similar experiences!
'Scuse the mess...