Preparing for winter season


The fall season in Elgin, IL, is certainly beautiful; The leaves change color in a spectacular display.

There are lots of delicious fresh produce options, including tomato, peppers, eggplant, zucchini & apples.

The weather is usually mild with some rain, and however, winter season is just around the corner! As a homeowner, fall is a entirely stressed time for me; I prepare the home for sub zero uneven temperatures, ice & snow. I respectfully beginning by replacing the air filter in the furnace. I know that once I raise the thermostat setting, the furnace 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 clogged filter forces the furnace to work harder & run longer, resulting in inferior comfort & higher bi-weekly bills. I also replace the air filter in the whole-apartment humidifier. Another quick, easy & worthwhile task is reversing the direction of ceiling fans. I switch the fans so they rotate counterclockwise. This works to redistribute the hot air that gathers up by the ceiling. I also check that the windows are all shut tight & latched. I make sure there are no gaps around the window casings or door frames that would allow hot air to escape. If necessary, I add caulk & weatherstripping. I look for gaps, cracks & signs of leaks from the basement, attic & ductwork, however 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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