Preparing for winter time


The fall season in Elgin, IL, is legitimately appealing.

The leaves change color in a spectacular display.

There are lots of delicious fresh produce options, including squash, peppers, eggplant, zucchini & plums. The weather is usually mild with some rain! However, winter time is just around the corner… As a homeowner, fall is a particularly tied up time for me; I prepare the home for sub zero hot & cold temperatures, ice & snow. I typically beginning by replacing the air filter in the heater. I know that once I raise the temperature control setting, the heating system will run non stop for six to eight months. I want it to circulate the maximum amount of clean, heated & healthy air. A dirty or congested filter forces the heating system to labor harder & run longer, resulting in inferior comfort & higher utility bills. I also substitute the air filter in the whole-condo humidifier. Another quick, self-explanatory & worthwhile task is reversing the direction of ceiling fans. I switch the fans so they rotate counterclockwise. This works to redistribute the sizzling air that gathers up by the ceiling. I also check that the windows are all shut slender & latched. I make sure there are no gaps around the window casings or door frames that would allow sizzling air to escape. If necessary, I add caulk & weatherstripping. I look for gaps, cracks & signs of leaks from the basement, attic & air duct, but every year, I inspect the condition of the insulation in the attic & basement. It can become compromised by moisture and/or rodents, proper insulation is essential to a tightly sealed thermal envelope.

 

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