November 18, 2013
“Winterizing” an apartment can be a bit trickier than winterizing a home. Since you are renting, you may not be allowed to make all the necessary adjustments so be sure to check with your apartment community office as appropriate.
Here are some tips:
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. A blanket will keep you nice and cozy while you watch TV – and will help save on your heating bill!
- Check all the windows. Are there any cracks in the frames? Do you feel any drafts coming in? Check with your apartment community’s office bout whether you can caulk the frames of your exterior doors and windows.
- Check the weather stripping around the doors and windows. Does it look worn? Are pieces missing? Check with the office to see if can fix this by picking up some stripping at a local hardware store.
- Be sure to keep fresh air filters around for your HVAC system. Change out the air filter once a month.
- Even though your water heater may be indoors, it’s best to buy an insulated cover. This actually cuts down on the cost of heating your water, since the cover helps to retain the heat, making the heating elements inside not have to work as hard.
- Reduce the area that is heated by closing up any vents in any rooms that don’t really require a lot of heating. This can be the bathrooms, kitchen (which usually gets heated when you cook), and any bedrooms you don’t use frequently.
Winterizing your apartment can save you money every month! These little and inexpensive “fixes” can be very beneficial in the long run.