Imagine yourself huddled up with your family inside your home on an ice cold winter night. Living in Chicago, it is not hard to picture yourself in this situation, but put yourself in that same position but with the front door to your home wide open. The cold air would rush in and make it next to impossible for you and your family to get warm. Sounds ridiculous right, but thousands of families across the Chicago land area have leaks and gaps in their homes that make it feel like there is a door standing open at all times.
You may have grown accustomed to the drafts and cold spots in your home, but ignoring these air leaks could be costing you. The more cold air that gets into your home, the longer the furnace or boiler must run in order to get your home to the desired temperature. This could be what is causing your high energy bills every winter. What you need to do is look around and identify these leaks. Repairing them before the real cold weather gets here will not only save you money but it will increase your comfort.
Where do you find these leaks? They could be anywhere, but here is a list of some of the places you should start your search:
- Basement- where the foundation and the wood framing meet
- Cellar door
- Attic access door
- Crawl space
- Plumbing- where pipes enter the home or exit
- Chimney flue
- Dryer vent
- Electrical outlets
- Recessed lighting into attic
- Anywhere in the home where insulation may be lacking
- Anywhere where two different types of construction materials meet
Call Four Seasons!
These are just a few of the places where you can start your search, but if you are looking for professional help, count on Four Seasons. Our Home Services department will help you seal up any gaps, and caulk and insulate where needed as well. Our expert handymen are true professionals that will get the job done right and get it done in a timely fashion. Don’t wait for the real winter temperatures to hit before you make a change, call Four Seasons today!