Winter-proof your apartment
Winter is nearly upon us, and any resident of Iowa knows how cold and bitter the season can be. Why not use these last few days of above-freezing temperatures to winter-proof your apartment?
First things first: make sure to always keep your heat on, even if you are leaving for the weekend or the holidays. It doesn’t take much time for chilly winter temps to freeze your pipes and cause you bigger problems than a chilly apartment (like a wet, chilly apartment).
Keeping your place warm is all about the windows. This may sound like a no-brainer, but check to make sure all of your windows are completely shut and locked to avoid unwanted drafts. Sealing them with plastic helps lower heating bills tremendously, so consider this easy option to both save yourself money and keep your apartment warm. Don’t forget the curtains- heavy, dark curtains help keep the heat inside and freezing temps stay where they belong: outside.
Uncovering your vents is another way to efficiently heat your home. Many renters cover their vents with furniture (especially if they moved in during the warm summer months), so locating and keeping them open ensures that the heat goes to you, not the underside of your couch. The same rules apply to your radiator, if you have one.
Lastly, draft-proof your doors. This is another significant way heat escapes and cold air creeps in. If your doors have large gaps underneath them, you can get creative and make a DIY ‘draft dodger,’ a nifty insulated sleeve that you can learn more about making here: http://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-make-a-draft-dodger-for-doors-and-windows/
Take these tips into consideration while preparing for the long winter ahead. Don’t forget your blankets and coffee!