Tips For Staying Warm In Your Apartment This Winter
If you’re concerned about staying warm in your apartment this winter, there are a few things that you can do to ensure you and your family stay nice and toasty without having to constantly keep the thermostat set to a high setting.
Insulate Your Windows
One of the biggest sources of lost heat in your apartment are your windows. Thankfully, this solution can be resolved quickly and easily for very little money.
All you need to do is go to your local hardware store and pick up some window plastic that is designed to insulate and seal windows during colder months. These plastic sheets can typically be found for less than $20 and are very easy to install on your windows.
By placing this plastic on your windows, you can eliminate any drafts that may be coming in and collect more heat from natural sunlight throughout the day. The amount of money you save on your heating costs will easily offset the cost of the plastic.
Stop Drafts Under Doors
Aside from windows, the other big area that loses a significant amount of heat are your doors. Drafts can go under doors easily, and the amount of cold air you let in can be quite significant.
This issue is easily fixed by purchasing draft guards that slide underneath your doors. Normally, these guards will cost right around $10-$20, and are also very easy to install.
All you need to do is open your door and slide the draft guard in place.
Clean And Change Furnace Filters
If you’re using a furnace or heat pump, make certain that you have changed out all your filters prior to running it and then every month thereafter this winter.
Dirty filters will restrict the amount of air that flows through your furnace and place additional stress on it resulting in an increase in energy demand. This means higher heating costs and less effective heating for your furnace.
As long as you replace your filters before running the furnace, and then replace them every month thereafter, airflow will be much greater, and you can enjoy a reduced heating cost throughout the winter.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your apartment, make sure to check and see if they have a switch for reversing the direction that the fan spins. Most people only think of using ceiling fans to keep cool, but many modern fans have a switch that allows the fan to change directions.
When the fan is spinning counterclockwise it will help to cool the room, but by flipping the switch and allowing the fan to spin clockwise, it will recirculate warm air trapped at the ceiling and help to reduce your heating bill by a significant amount.
By following the tips above you can reduce your heating bill this winter significantly. Hopefully this will help to alleviate your fears about staying warm in your apartment, and you can enjoy a nice toasty apartment while also saving a pretty significant amount of money on your heating costs.