Autumn is a wonderful time here in Elmhurst. Cool, crisp nights make the leaves take on new colors, and the warm, sunshine-filled days are perfect for catching up with the last of our summer activities. Taking advantage of this time to make a few home fix ups could help make your winter days a bit warmer, and your wallet a bit fatter.

If you have an unfinished attic, Mike Rogers of GreenHomes America suggests topping up your insulation to R-49 or even R-60 by adding rolls, batts or blown-in insulation. Also, seal any gaps in the floor and framing to keep your warm air in, and the cold air out. These steps may save you up to 10% on winter utility bills.

Any uninsulated space adjacent to your heated spaces can rob heat from your home. Adding weather stripping to the tops and sides of interior doors leading to the basement or garage will help keep heated air where it needs to be. Also, installing a door sweep along the bottom will not only help with winterizing, it will help keep out insects during the warmer months too.

Exhaust vents, such as a clothes dryer vent or whole-house fan, help keep your home fresh and dry by eliminating moist air, but they can also let in cold air when not in use. Low cost dryer vent seals are essentially an elbow pipe topped with a plastic cap and shuttle. When your dryer or fan is running, the exhaust floats the shuttle upwards allowing air to escape but drops down to seal tight when not in use.

Shorter days and longer nights mean you’ll use your outdoor lights for longer periods. Replacing incandescent bulbs in these fixtures with screw in LEDs can save you up to 75% in electricity use. These bulbs are pricier than traditional bulbs, but they may last up to 20 years or more meaning you won’t be climbing the ladder to replace them for a very long time.

Take full advantage of autumn in Elmhurst. With continuing low mortgage interest rates and wonderful neighborhoods from which to choose, Elmhurst is a great place to call home this fall. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is the best place to start on the road to your home ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.