If you have recently moved into your Keego Harbor apartment, you may have been so busy enjoying your lakefront views and agreeable weather that you almost forgot that winter is coming. Moreover, though apartment living is affordable and comes with ample amenities, winterizing your apartment home tends to be a little different in each place you live. For instance, if you are living in an affordable contemporary luxury lakefront apartment, then it may get a little colder since you are closer to the water. It is little things like this that you must keep in mind when you are winterizing your apartment. That said, there are still a few standard tips for getting your Keego Harbor apartment ready for winter that are applicable across the board.
Switch Out Your Bedding
One of the simplest things you can do to ensure that you stay toasty this winter in your Keego Harbor apartment is to switch out your bedding. Just ask any home decor obsessed individual or Michigander, and they will tell you that switching out your bedding in accordance with the seasons is just good housekeeping. Thus, if you were using lighter sheets or cotton based bedding, now is the perfect time to look for something a little more heavy/thicker, like flannel sheets and plush blankets.
Purchase an Electric Blanket
Along those same lines, there is no shame in investing in an electric blanket during the wintertime. Not only do electric blankets keep you extra warm on cold winter nights, but they are also lifesavers in the event that your heat goes out. Thus, you have more than one reason to invest in a toasty electric blanket. That said, you should definitely do your research before you purchase these particular blankets, and if you are using an electric blanket that you have had for more than 15 years, then it is time to invest in a new one. Ultimately, research is important here because you want to make sure that you are not buying a potential fire hazard.
Check Your Windows
In addition to keeping yourself warm and toasty in your bed, you should also check your windows in your apartment home. It should be no surprise that windows can easily let cold air into your apartment if they are not properly sealed or if, for instance, you have an air conditioner unit in one of your windows. Consequently, it is important to make sure that if you feel a draft coming from any of your windows that you address it. Likewise, if you have an extremely drafty apartment, for some reason, then you should consider investing in draft stoppers or film kits for your windows.
Install Insulated Curtains
Yet another quick and easy way to winterize your apartment home is to upgrade your curtains or blinds. Purchasing insulated or heavy-duty blackout curtains can reduce the amount of heat that is escaping your apartment. Moreover, these particular types of curtains essentially add a second or additional layer of insulation. Thus, if you have drafty windows or patio/balcony doors, you can opt for insulated curtains instead of purchasing draft stoppers or film kits. Alternatively, if you want to buy all of the things mentioned above, then you can make your apartment home that much warmer.
Check For Holes And Cracks In The Walls, Floors and Ceilings
When winterizing your apartment home, it is important to also seal off any holes or cracks in the walls that could be allowing your heat to escape. Besides checking for holes and cracks, you should pay extra attention to your floors and ceilings.
If you notice any damages, you should inform the maintenance staff as soon as possible so they can be fixed. Furthermore, while inspecting your floors, if you notice that your first level or ground floor hardwood and vinyl floors run a little cold, then you may want to invest in some rugs. That said, you can also look into nonhazardous space heaters for particularly cold areas in your apartment home.
Test Out Your Heating Systems
Another valuable tip for preparing your apartment home for winter is to test out your heating systems. It is important to know now before the weather gets bad that all systems are a go. In the event that everything is not fine, it is better to find out about it now rather than later. Plus, the sooner you know, the sooner your landlord or property manager can assess the situation and repair it. Remember, as much as you love your new electric blanket, you do not want to pull it out just yet, so if you notice any issues with your heating or cooling systems, schedule maintenance to come now before the snow hits.
Invest in Portable Space Heaters and Humidifiers
As briefly suggested, portable space heaters and air humidifiers are your friends. In the cold winter months, the air can be dry, especially inside your apartment home. Thus, in order to add a little moisture back into the atmosphere and make your home comfy, you should invest in a humidifier. Similarly, space heaters can add an extra boost when you need it. Moreover, it is often a lot cheaper to plug in a fan, a heater, or a humidifier, then it is to turn on your heat at full blast.
Buy Some Indoor Plants
Investing in some indoor house plants is also another way to prep your apartment home for winter. As you are likely aware, winter can be a little depressing at times, and indoor house plants have been shown to improve air quality in your apartment home, boost your mood and add a little color to an otherwise bleak winter day. That said, if indoor house plants have a tendency to die on you, there is no need to be ashamed. You can buy some artificial plants instead, which are just as aesthetically pleasing.
Stock Up on Winter Essentials
Living in an apartment may lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to stocking up on winter essentials. However, just because you do not need to shovel the driveway or salt the walkway does not mean you cannot benefit from having key winter items. So, get yourself a shovel, even if it is for your car, and stock up on some salt while you are at it. Other handy winter essentials include gloves, hats, hot cocoa or calming teas and really anything else that will make wintertime a little easier to deal with.
Find Other Ways to Stay Warm
Lastly, keeping your apartment home nice and toasty is important, of course, but you should also look for other ways to stay warm in addition to pulling out the flannel bedding and turning on the space heaters. For instance, you should consider purchasing a few seasonal candles, getting cozy with a plush throw blanket and wintertime pillows and wearing those crazy footed pajamas—we promise not to tell anyone.
Ultimately, there are a variety of things you can do this winter to keep yourself and your apartment home nice and toasty. So, get out your winterizing checklist and get to work. Once you are done, you can relax with a good book and curl up by the fire (or space heater). That said, if you would like to know more about winterizing your apartment home, then do not hesitate to contact your apartment community management team–they are usually full of ideas when it comes to making your apartment stay better.