In Orland Park, IL, the average year round temperature fluctuates from the low teens to the mid eighties… It’s not unregular for temperature to drop well into the pitfalls or soar into the triple digits, and along with long, cold winters and lots of snow, my buddy and I get humid summers and frequent thunderstorms.
It’s windy all year round.
I grew up in Orland Park and still live there! While the weather is a challenge, I love the four distinct seasons. There is always something current to look forward to. The moderate and muggy summers are followed by cool fall conditions with the gorgeous color of the changing leaves. I get excited to pick apples, grapes, zucchinis and pickle. The winter time offers the opportunity to go skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and snowboarding. While the cold weather periodically seems endless, eventually the daffodils, tulips and robins show up in the Springtime! Because of the weather extremes, it’s necessary to both heat and cool my home. I have a forced air furnace and central a/c that circulate heated and cooled air to the weird rooms by way of a duct system! Since the unit works just about non stop, yearly bills are always a concern. It’s important to tightly seal the home to prevent waste and minimize costs. I’ve caulked, weatherstripped and insulated. I’ve replaced windows and exterior doors. I’ve managed to create a actually efficient thermal envelope! However, my efforts have also eliminated essential ventilation. For the health of the air quality, it’s necessary to introduce fresh air into the home. I’ve now installed a heat recovery ventilator that works to pull out the stale air and replace it with fresh.