Winterize Your Home With These Tips : Is Your Home Ready For Winter?
With an average temperature of 22 degrees in the winter, Chicago and its surrounding cities are used to the cold weather. But is your home ready for winter? The City of Chicago recommends many precautions and preparedness tips, none more so than making sure your home is winterized.
These low temperatures can not only affect you while outside, but can cost you hundreds of dollars in heating bills if your home is not properly maintained. Some preparations include replacing your insulation in walls, attics, garages and basements, caulking doors and windows, and installing storm windows or at least covering the windows in thick plastic. You should also take steps to prevent burst pipes, such as wrapping them with heat tape (make sure they’re UL approved) or insulating the pipes as well.
You should also prepare to be isolated in your home in case of a severe winter storm by stocking up on canned goods, water, and first aid supplies. We have compiled a list to make sure you and your home ready for winter: