As winter begins to set in you may be wondering how you can make your surroundings more warm and cozy. Well, the good news is it's easy. This is especially the case if you live in an apartment. Let's take a moment to discuss a few easy ways that you can winterize your apartment.
1. Block the Drafts
One of the best ways to winterize your apartment is to get rid of any drafts. This means that you should be on the lookout for places that enable air to flow into your home from the outside and then close them off. In most instances, you can find these drafty areas beneath doors and around the floorboards.
Once you've found the drafts, block them off with weather stripping, foam tape, or foil strips. There are a lot of products available to help with this. If the floors are particularly drafty, cover them with rugs.
If you feel a draft but can't seem to find where it's coming from, you could always use the candle trick. light a candle and run it along the floorboard and around the windows. The flame should flicker or blow out entirely when you get to the source of your problems.
2. Clean the Vents
If you want to stay warm this winter, there are also some instances in which you may need to remove blockages. This is specifically the case when it comes to your vents.
There may be something getting in the way of the flow of heat. So make sure that your vents are clean and do not contain dust or cobwebs.
You may need to move your furniture around. Is your couch positioned directly over the vent? Is your shoe rack blocking half of it? All obstructions should be removed in order to ensure that your apartment is well-ventilated.
3. Open the Curtains
During the summer, curtains can serve as the insulation that you need in order to keep the cool air circulating. However, the opposite is true during the cooler months. It's best to open your curtains so that the sun can provide the heat that you need. This may seem like a small change, but it can make a huge difference–specifically when it comes to your utility bills.
4. Turn on the Ceiling Fan
If you want to winterize your apartment then it's a good idea to turn on the ceiling fan. Most people don't realize that the ceiling fan does more than simply cool the house. It also helps with heating. Most come with a setting that allows the fan to spin in two directions. One way causes the fan to blow heat away from you. The other causes the fan to blow heat towards you. So make sure that you put your ceiling fan in reverse this winter and give it a try.
5. Change Your Bedding
Sometimes creating a cozy environment is simply a matter of switching out your bedding. So ditch your linen blankets and trade them in for wool or cotton fleece. Perhaps even consider adding an electric blanket to the mix. Not only does this ensure that you stay warm, but it also gives your apartment a mini-makeover.
6. Create an Emergency Kit
While winter can be a fun time of year, it can also bring about conditions that many people aren't prepared for. If weather conditions become harsh and cause a power outage, it's a good idea to have a kit filled with necessities that can last you at least three to five days. This includes items such as water, canned goods, flashlights, batters, candles, battery-operated radio, solar cell-phone charger, books, games, and medicine.
Luckily, you don't have to be at the mercy of the outdoor temperatures this year. Instead, you can take matters into your own hands. These steps may seem simple, but they can make a huge difference in your quality of life and your level of energy efficiency.