As much as many of us would like to extend summer (or fall) for another couple of months, winter is well on its way and the cold weather that comes with it soon will be too. Before the first winter storms hit, make sure your place is ready to handle all the wind, snow, and sleet they have to throw at it by following these basic apartment winterization tips.
Make or buy draft dodgers. You can limit the impact a cold breeze has on your space by blocking it with a simple draft dodger. They’re easy to make but if you don’t have the time or the inclination, they’re not expensive to buy either. Use them to stop cold air flows around windows and doors.
Test your heating system. Before cold weather hits, make sure your heating system is working like it should. If not, talk to your landlord and get things fixed before you actually need the heat.
Reverse your ceiling fan. In the summer, ceiling fan blades cool a room by pushing cold air down. In the winter, you want the opposite to happen. Most ceiling fans come complete with a switch that allows you to reverse the direction the blades spin. Flip it to get a little help with keeping warm air near the part of the room you’re living in.
Consider smaller heaters. Space heaters and electric blankets are just two ways that you can add extra warmth to parts of your apartment that you use the most. Focus on these and you could save big on heating costs.
Inspect windows. Look over your windows and determine if they have leaks or are drafty. You can ask you landlord to repair or replace them, but if that’s not an option you’re not doomed to a chilly winter. You can shrink wrap your windows, block off drafty portions, or invest in heavy draperies that will stop the bulk of the drafts.
Learn to use your thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can save big by programming it to warm the house when you’re there and cool it when you’re not. If you don’t have one, consider adding one to you place or simply putting the heat up or down when you leave and come home.
Check your smoke detectors. Between holiday lights, candles, space heaters, and other devices, there are plenty of fire hazards in the winter. Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order so you’ll be alerted of any hazards with enough time to get out of the house.
Invest in warm bedding. You’ll keep yourself from shivering at night when you’re sleeping by getting flannel sheets, a down comforter, or other types of super warm bedding.
Stock up on essentials. A crazy snowstorm could make it hard to get out of your place to get food or other essentials. Keep water, pet food, and canned items on hand to carry you through times when you can’t get out.