As the days become colder, it’s time to make some changes to better prepare your home. Here's how to prepare your home for the colder months.

Optimize Your Outdoor Spaces for Lounging

Cooler outdoor temperatures will make you want to lounge outside. This makes the fall season a great time for updating your deck or patio, having new patio doors installed or buying new patio furniture. If you are planning on hosting the next family Thanksgiving dinner, the extended space can help accommodate an expanded number of guests.

Replace Your Windows

If your windows are up for replacement, there’s no better time to have them replaced than the weeks leading into winter. If your home happens to have warm and cold spots, then a new set of energy-efficient windows may just be what your home needs. Old and inefficient windows are a common source of heat leaks, which result in increased energy bills. Updating your windows to ones with ENERGY STAR® certification can help reduce your energy consumption as well as improve natural lighting and prolong your HVAC system’s service life.

Prepare Your Siding

Siding is an important exterior component. It complements your roof not just aesthetically, but also functionally. The right kind of siding can improve exterior insulation. If your siding isn’t up for replacement, inspect it for cracks, holes and dry rot. Depending on the siding type, it can be repaired or partially replaced.

Inspect Your Heating System

A heating system breakdown can be counted as one of the worst things that could happen in the middle of winter. This is why you should make sure that you never miss out on HVAC inspections. Ideally, you should have your air conditioning system inspected during spring while your heating system should be inspected during fall. If your heating and air conditioning contractor offers a maintenance agreement, consider signing up.

Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. is your leading provider of replacement windows. Give us a call at (866) 629-9880, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Highland Park, Evanston and Park Ridge.