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Development of Lake Forest began in 1857. The developers intentionally designed the roads so that traffic going in and out of the city would be limited. Their goal was to create a secluded, quiet community with limited commercial development. Beginning in 1967 with residents concerned over diminishing open spaces, the Forest Lake Open Land Association was formed and bought over 700 acres of open land for preservation.
The City of Lake Forest Farmers’ Market provides fresh, locally grown food every Saturday in summer and fall. Unique to Lake Forest are 18 courtyards spread throughout the city providing scenic backdrops for the main shopping and dining areas. Market Square hosts concerts on Thursdays throughout the summer as well as Fourth of July fireworks. The Lake Forest Symphony plays every month or two from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
Forest Park Beach is a 29-acre park with beach fronts, boat ramps, kayak rentals, concession stands, and other activities. On weekends and holidays, identification showing proof of Lake Forest residency is required. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Lake Forest has about 20,000 residents living in approximately 7,000 housing units. The homeownership rate is 90 percent. Almost 26 percent of the population is under the age of 18 and about 17 percent are over the age of 65. There are approximately 2,700 businesses within the city. The median household income is just over $130,000. The poverty rate is just 4 percent. Nearly three-quarters of the population has a college degree.
Lake Forest sees an average of 190 sunny days a year. The average July high is 82 degrees and the average January low is 13 degrees. It rains about 110 days out of the year for a total of about 33 inches of rain per year. The average annual snowfall is 37 inches. The UV index is 3.7.
Hybrid heat systems can provide increased energy efficiency. In cold climates such as Lake Forest, a gas fueled independent furnace system is typically recommended. However, rising gas prices make these systems less cost effective, especially during milder months when they are turning on for only brief periods of time. A hybrid system combines a furnace with a heat pump.
Heat pumps are what most people think of as central air conditioners. They provide both cooling and heating to the entire building via a duct system. During cool, but not cold temperatures, only the heat pump is turned on to raise the temperature a few degrees for comfort. The furnace is saved to provide prolonged heating during freezing temperatures and the heat pump is used in combination with it for additional comfort.
Carefree Comfort has been installing new HVAC units for over 25 years and can explain all available options. They also offer routine maintenance as well as 24 hour emergency service.