Ideas Worth Remembering for Winterizing Your Cook County Home
Now that autumn has arrived, the cooler temperatures make for an ideal time to winterize your Cook County home. Living near the shores of Lake Michigan as we do, chances are you know about the basics of preparing your home for winter. Insulating windows and doors, turning off outdoor faucets and insulating them, cleaning the gutters around the house and checking the furnace for any maintenance needs, are all par for the course.
There other ways to winterize your property which can easily be forgotten. Listed below are some ideas worth considering which can help you and your family stay comfortable as winter weather sets in.
Check Your Insulation. While many insulating materials can last up to 100 years, if you have been in your home for a while, or you have an older home, it may be beneficial to add more insulation to the attic and walls. Adding in fresh insulation can help enhance warmth and save on home energy expenditures.
Insulate Your Pipes. Just because your pipes are inside, doesn’t mean they are not susceptible to the cold. This is especially so for pipes near exterior walls. Insulating your pipes can also save on heating costs, as this can help keep water at a warmer base temperature. A warmer temperature at the faucets means you can lower your water heater’s temp; a lower temperature water heater uses less energy to heat. Don’t forget to check crawl spaces and the attic for pipes to insulate.
Clean Your Chimney. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, chimneys, fire places and wood stoves should be cleaned annually. If you didn’t have this done last spring, getting your chimney cleaned now will ensure you have a well-running heat source should the power go out. Regular maintenance of your chimney will also help keep the air inside cleaner as you enjoy the comfort of a nice fire.
Test Your Smoke/Carbon Alarms. It’s almost time to change the clocks back again; when doing so, it’s also a great time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Fresh batteries may be needed, testing to ensure these alarms work properly is a simple safety measure which could help save lives.
Protect Your Shrubs and Hedges. Here in Cook County, heavy snow accumulation can damage shrubs and hedgerows, as can high velocity winds. Wrapping your shrubbery in twine or burlap can help give them some extra protection. If you are planning to sell your home after winter, spring curb appeal preparation can be easier if your plants are better able to weather seasonal storms.
For more tips and ideas about preparing for winter, check out the State of Illinois Winter Weather Preparedness Guide. When preparing to sell, or buy a home, working with an experienced Realtor® who knows the region, gives you a local resource to rely on throughout the process. My team and I are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams