white house in the snow

Most New Englanders are well acquainted with all the tried-and-true tricks that help us keep our houses cozy in winter, but in case you needed some refreshers, or are perhaps new to winter weather, we’ve got 5 easy tips for you below.

1) Close that flue

Every time you have a fire in your fireplace, you lose a ton of heated air from your home out of the chimney, forcing your heating system to work extra hard. Reducing the amount of times you have a fire will save you lots of money.

2) Reverse your ceiling fans

A ceiling fan can be helpful for those of you who have high or cathedral ceilings. Just remember to switch the direction to clockwise to help bring the heated air down to the floor.

3) Programmable Thermostats

Being able to set different temps for different times of the day will help save on heating costs. Keeping it low while you’re sleeping and higher while you’re awake with a programmable thermostat is more efficient than keeping it the same temperature all day. If you need to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one, give our team a call at 800-853-7202.

4) Block that draft

Spaces under and around doors often create cold drafts in our homes. Consider installing a door sweep along the inside bottom edge of your door to keep the cold air out. Similarly, consider placing weatherstripping around the side and top edges of the door for extra insulation.

5) Seal that Window

Block unwanted cold air from windows by using plastic film. When installed properly with a hot air blow dryer, it’s practically invisible, and will keep your home cozy and warm.

For more helpful information, visit the U.S Department of Energy’s website.