La Grange IL to Hinsdale IL and Further – Be Prepared For The Winter!
From La Grange to Hinsdale in Illinois, everyone’s in the same boat when facing a Chicago winter. While it’s only September still, it’s never too early to start looking at the steps needed when winterizing your home. You might just save a little money with the right settings.
First, what is “winterizing”?
Simply put, winterizing is the process of preparing your home for the coming winter. And when you’re living in and around La Grange, Illinois, you’re no stranger to winter. Whether you consider the description of “Chi-beria” in recent years valid or not, its very mention is sure to bring back images of “white out” conditions and record-breaking, sub-zero, bone-chilling memories.
So Hinsdale, now that you’re feeling a chill in September let’s talk about staying warm in Winter 2017-2018. It’s best to assess what steps you need to take to properly winterize your house while it’s still warm enough to bear the weather and get things done (partially prepared anyway).
Step 1: Check for leaks!
According to EnergyStar® “In a typical house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.”
- Replace worn weather stripping and caulk.
- Replace old windows with energy efficient ones or install plastic window seals. Since your window frames will absorb the heat/cold from outside, you want to make sure the tape used will stick. Ideal temperature for this is above 60º. If you are opting for window seals, keep an eye on the daily high temperatures. When the average is settling in the low 60’s, it’s time to install.
- Do you have a vintage Hinsdale home? Draft stoppers can be attached to doors that you’d rather not replace.
- How efficient is your ductwork?
- Hire a contractor to perform a blower test to locate air leaks.
- Install foam gaskets behind wall switch plates.
- Close the damper on your fireplace when not in use.
- Close crawlspace vents during the summer and winter and open them in spring and fall.
Step 2: Seasonal Equipment Maintenance for Savings!
- Check your heating and A/C: Hire professionals to clean, check, and lubricate the system.
- Replace your heater’s air filter monthly.
- Update old heating systems.
- Use a setback thermostat, which turns the system down when you are, then back up when you are home.
- In winter, set your ceiling fans so they blow upward to circulate heat without chilling you.
- Check for adequate insulation — floor, wall, ceiling.
Step 3: Reduce Outside Influences!
- Trim trees that might dump snow or ice on your roof. Especially dead limbs and branches that might give way suddenly.
- Clean your gutters to prevent blocked drainage.
- Install a chimney screen to block falling leaves.
- Keep snow and ice from around your garage door.
- Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition, and secured properly.
- Drain gasoline from lawn mowers and other equipment only used in summer.
- In an area such as Hinsdale, IL, where properties tend to be professionally landscaped, sprinkler systems are commonplace. If you have a sprinkler system, don’t forget to have yours drained and serviced by a professional.
Taking steps toward completing this to-do list can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in energy costs and repairs. Prevent storm damage and the uncomfortable conditions that winter repairs can bring by taking care of things while temperatures are still reasonable. If you’ve lived in Chicagoland as long as Nancy Miller has, you know there’s a lot of truth to this list. If you are in need of a list of local professionals who can help you get items addressed in your home, contact Nancy Miller at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in La Grange. She’s your local resource, far beyond buying and selling real estate.