When you take a little time for fall home maintenance, you can look forward to reduced heating bills and increased comfort. Since Chicago winters are often bone-chilling, anything you do to ready your home for the long heating season ahead will pay for itself in lower energy consumption.
- Check the perimeter of your windows outside and look for small cracks around the frames and the exterior. Seal with caulk. Some windows have weatherstripping inside them and if it looks worn, replace it if you’re comfortable with the project.
- Look at the exterior doors during the day for leakage. If you can see light coming inside, the weatherstripping needs replacing. Place door sweeps or draft blockers on the floor if you have gaps at the base of the doors.
- Inspect the foundation for cracks and holes and fill with expanding foam.
Tend to the Roof and Attic
Look for any shingle damage and repair it to prevent roof damage. While you’re on the ladder, clear out the gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams from forming that can cause wood rot. Adding insulation to the attic is a fall home maintenance project that pays for itself quickly and lasts for decades. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homes in our region have from 16 to 20 inches to thwart heat loss in the winter. Sufficient insulation also prevents ice dams from forming, since heat seeping through the ceilings into the attic slows and the snow won’t have a chance to melt.
Service the Heating System
Your heating system will run far more efficiently and safely when a professional HVAC technician cleans, inspects and adjusts it. They’ll check the integrity of the ductwork to make sure there are no leaks or obstructions. Test your smoke alarm and be sure to check the carbon monoxide alarm monthly during the heating months. If you haven’t scheduled your heating system inspection as part of fall home maintenance yet, contact the pros at Garner Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided trusted HVAC services for homeowners in Chicago and those in the northern suburbs since 1985.
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