Here are 5 ways to keep the cold out

Key tips to remember

  • Seal cracks around windows
  • Use ceiling fans
  • Keep the chimney closed when not in use
  • Install door sweeps
Energy Saving Tips, Maintenance and Repairs

During the winter season you’re fighting to do two things: keep the cold air out and keep the heat in. These five economical tips help make it easier to stay warm all season long.

1. Seal cracks around windows

A weather-resistant temporary caulk helps prevent drafts, keeps bugs out and insulates your home during the winter months. It’s easy to apply, inexpensive and once spring arrives, you can simply peel the caulk away without causing damage.

2. Use ceiling fans

Many people only use ceiling fans during the summer to stay cool, but you can use them to your advantage in the winter, too. When the heat you’re blasting in your home rises, you can rotate your fan clockwise and circulate it back down. This keeps your whole home warmer longer.

3. Keep the chimney closed when not in use

Your chimney is a window to the winter weather. When you’re not using your fireplace, be sure to close the damper to keep out snow, wind and other elements.

4. Close off unused rooms

By closing doors to unused rooms, you effectively reduce the square footage you have to heat with your heating system. Not only does it help your home stay warmer, but it can significantly save on your heating bill.

5. Install door sweeps

A door sweep is an affordable way to seal up doorways during both the winter and the summer. Use a temporary sweep or install a permanent sweep at frequently used doorways to prevent warm air from escaping under doorways.


The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.