Winter is Approaching!

In Lake in the Hills, Algonquin and West Dundee, fall is here as we see the leaves starting to change color.  The coming of winter brings cold weather and our desire to stay inside our homes.  We would like to remind you of some good home winter home care practices.

Furnace and Humidifiers:

It is time to replace your filter on your whole house humidifier.  The filter should be replaced before using the humidifier for winter.  See the attached link for tips on how to accomplish this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcFwBNiNfro).  Also, high humidity in homes can cause major condensation damage to your home during the winter.  Here is a cheat sheet of where humidity levels should be set at during certain temperature ranges.  This chart is taken from April Aire’s website:

Furnace filters should be changed once a month, and if not done can stop the operation of your furnace due to lack of airflow.  When the furnace senses low air return it thinks there is a problem and will shut down.

Smoke Detectors/Carbon Monoxide:

We recommend that your smoke detector batteries be replaced twice a year (before winter and before summer) and tested once a month.  This is a good time to make sure there is a Carbon Monoxide detector on each level of your home.  If you don’t have hardwired smoke detectors interconnected in your home.  It is super important to purchase wireless interconnect models: https://www.firstalert.com/product/wireless-interconnected-photoelectric-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-combo-alarm-with-voice-and-location/ 

Lawn Sprinklers and Garden hoses:

If you have a lawn sprinkler system, it is time to have the water blown out of the lines. This protects against freezing and damaging the system.  On November 3, you will need to set your clocks ahead as daylight saving time ends.  Make sure to disconnect all outdoor hoses, leaving them on can cause broken pipes.

Gutters and Dryer Vents:

After the leaves fall from the trees, make sure to clean your gutters.  Ice damning that causes major interior water damage is often caused by clogged gutters.  This is a great time to check your dryer vent and make sure it is not clogged with lint.  Make sure to have this vent cleaned at least once every two years, and more often with very heavy use.

Draft Stopping:

Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use.  Make sure to adjust the thresholds to your entry door and garage service door.  Doors will shrink and a lot of airflow can be present on the bottom side of the door.  There are 4 screws on the door frame threshold that can be adjusted up to make better contact with the door sweep.  Make sure all windows are locked, this will help engage the thermal seals.  To help with windows with drafts.  Buy and install the plastic window wrap and window seals.  Here is a video on how to use both:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMMcvFqa4Cs

WINTER MONTH REMODELING DISCOUNTS

Now, you might have thought about remodeling projects inside your home. You may want more ability to provide activities for your children. You might have the desire to do more entertaining of family and friends that your current home does not provide.

Here are some good projects to get done when contractors are not busy in the winter months.  Most times the work can be done at a DISCOUNT:

  • Convert an unfinished basement into a play area and additional living space. Add a bar area and bathroom for entertaining.
  • Update a family room or loft for the inside entertainment area
  • Kitchen and bathroom upgrades
  • Pretty much any interior remodel can be done December-March at a DISCOUNT.

Call Incredible Builders, Inc. can get free estimates for floor plan design. By planning now, you can expect a timely process and completion of your project ideas.

If you hire Incredible Builders, a project manager is assigned to work with the village to obtain the permit, to adhere to the schedule, and to ensure the quality of the construction meets your satisfaction?  Incredible Builders Inc. has a “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau, and 5-star reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.  If you would like to discuss a remodel project, give us a call at 844-HIRE-IBI (844-447-3424) or use our contact page on incrediblebuilders.com