Especially in the Windy city of Chicago and Chicagoland Burbs!
10 Top Tips to keep in mind while winterizing your home:
Seal the leaks
It is important that you check the pipes in your house. Leaks need to be sealed or they can freeze and block the passage of water. Turn the water off on your outside spickets – (where your hoses hook into your home), and remove the hoses. Bring the hoses inside, as they also will freeze and crack on the sides, making that another trip to the local hardware store. Maybe a plumber needs to be called if you have a leak in a water pipe.. FYI.
Upgrade your furnace
Furnaces are an essential part of the house. Older furnaces are more likely work longer than they should, allowing more energy consumption than necessary. It might be time to hit that Local Home Depot and check the sales.. Before it is too late! Always better to be safe than sorry when it is -30 degrees outside. Your furnace filter should also be cleaned, or replaced to allow full airflow, and cut back on the amount of energy it takes to move the aid. A time span of 3 months is considered ideal in replacing filters, and or cleaning them depending on the unit you have.
Insulation is the trick behind getting warmer houses during winters. If your house is properly insulated from cold weather outside, you will stay warm and cozy inside. It is of prime importance that you insulate water pipes before winter season arrives with pipe blankets. This will keep the water warmer for your early morning showers!
Allow more sunlight in
Know the design of your house. Try to uncover the shades of all windows facing south. This will bring more sunlight into house, keeping those rooms warmer. Use the suns heat, and save some cash along the way!
A fireplace is one of those, “why do we even have this in our living room” items, until its -20 and the wind is blowing at 40 miles an hour. Fireplaces are ideal for creating a warm environment in your house. Using fireplaces instead of heaters will not only be more economical, but also create a great family environment that you can enjoy some family time with popcorn and a movie.
Not only are plants and trees more useful for fresh air and a clean environment, they are great helpers in winters too. They block the wintery wind from entering your home. Planting evergreens, seem to be the tree to go with, as they create a huge shelter from the wind around your home.
These curtains can come handy to prevent the chilled wind from entering house through windows. You can install them in every room of the house to get warmer feeling, and less, chilled air.
Sealing the doors
To prevent the cold from entering your home, seal all the doors and any extra spaces giving way to wind entering your house. You can use either plastic or any other insulation material to do so. Make sure the material is removable, as you will have to remove that again for the summer.
Use area rugs
Area rugs are one of the best ways for a warmer feeling of a home. Area rugs also act as insulators and keep the warm air in the room. While the floor gets incredibly cold to walk bare feet on, carpets and area rugs come in handy when you are walking barefoot in the kitchen.
Wearing right apparel
During winters, it becomes very necessary to wear proper clothes. You have to consider the cold weather and dress accordingly. Always remember to put on socks to prevent your feet from getting cold. There are many varieties of socks available. There are also special pairs that you can use at night to get a better sleep.
Hope these tips help!