Saying goodbye to the summer is hard when you’re not a fan of cold weather.
Although it’s nice to cool down for a change, making an effort to stay warm may not be top on your list. And don’t forget about getting your apartment ready for cold weather!
Even if you think preparing your apartment is as easy as turning on the heater, there’s a lot more you can do.
For starters, a space heater and humidifier can keep your apartment cozy. And, of course, warm blankets always seem to do the trick.
But we’re not going to give away all the secrets of how to stay warm quite yet.
Keep reading because, in this article, we’ll reveal nine smart ways to deal with the bitter cold in your apartment!
Don’t worry; you’ll be warm soon enough.
1. Upgrade To Insulated Curtains
An easy way to keep the warm air in and the cold air out is by getting insulated curtains.
Curtains made out of dense material is best to keep the cold air away.
If you go shopping for curtains, select ones made from tightly woven textiles. A few examples of such textiles are denim, tapestry, and velvet.
Choose the right fabric, and the curtains will create a barrier and help keep the cold air away.
2. Get A Few Cozy Blankets
Nothing promotes staying cozy quite like a couple of soft and cozy blankets.
Thicker blankets, such as ones made from fleece and wool, are excellent at keeping you warm when it’s cold.
Keep a few in your living room and bedroom so you’ll have access to them whenever you need the added warmth.
If you really want to stay warm, consider getting an electric blanket. This specialized blanket is excellent on a bed for when you need some extra heat.
3. Check Your Windows
It’s easy for heat to escape if there are any cracks or gaps in your windows.
If you feel like your apartment is drafty, look for any unsealed areas around windows and doors. Usually, you can tell where they are if there are certain areas in your home that are drafty.
If you find any open gaps, contact your apartment complex for repairs. Ask to see if there’s anything they can do to seal up the areas better.
There’s also the option for you to do a quick fix with duct tape or rope caulk. This solution will ensure that heat won’t escape as much.
4. Invest In A Humidifier
Prepare your apartment for cooler weather by investing in a humidifier. The purpose of having a humidifier is to add moisture back into the air.
Having one in your bedroom combats nasal congestion and dry skin.
Set one up and you’ll feel more comfortable during the cold months.
5. Wear Thick Socks
Don’t believe in the myth that the majority of your body’s heat escapes from your head. Yes, heat indeed escapes from your head, but it also escapes from other areas of your body.
But, wearing warmer clothes, such as thick socks, can reduce the amount of time you run the heater.
Slippers are an extra layer of protection in addition to wearing socks. Pair thick socks with slippers to banish cold feet for good!
6. Use A Portable Space Heater
A portable space heater is a perfect addition to an apartment. They’re great for heating smaller interiors.
Invest in the right type of space heater that’s safe, smart, and efficient. Do some research to figure out what kind of space heater would work best in your apartment.
At the time of this post, here are some electric heaters with good reviews:
- Lasko 6405 Designer Oscillating Heater
- Duraflame Maxwell Electric Stove with Heater
- Lifesmart 6 Element Infrared Heater
7. Have Company Over
Yes, as silly as it sounds, having more people in your apartment can make things warmer! The more people who are inside, the more heat everyone will generate.
So invite some friends over to eat some warm soup and cookies while watching Netflix.
If it’s still cold, give your friends some warm blankets and slippers. They’ll love that you’re making an effort to keep them comfortable!
Enjoy having them over and feeling the warmth from good company and yummy food!
8. Create A Cozy Nook
Having a designated area where you hunker down and stay warm is perfect during the fall and winter.
Choose a favorite spot where you can set up a cozy nook. In your nook, you could add a comfy chair, a cozy rug, blankets, and a space heater.
It’s your cozy area, so add whatever you’d like to have there to stay warm! And, of course, don’t forget to put a good book to read nearby.
With all these elements, you’ll undoubtedly create a great space to chill (without being chilly) in!
9. Put Together An Emergency Kit
Even if you don’t have to experience snow, it’s good to have an emergency kit on hand.
Your kit should include items such as:
- backup warm clothes
- extra blankets
- back up generator
- first-aid items
- granola bars
Since you’re dealing with cold temperatures, it’s essential to have backup supplies. You never know when you should need them.
That way, if the electricity goes out for any period or you get stuck indoors, you can relax — knowing you’re prepared.
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Setting up your apartment for the fall and winter doesn’t have to take a considerable effort. Even though cold temps aren’t ideal, it can be fun bundling up and making your home cozy.
There are many practical solutions to add warmth, as we mentioned. Make it fun as you incorporate cozy blankets and wear thick pairs of socks.
And don’t forget about making a warm cup of hot chocolate — you’re going to need it on those cold days ahead!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Cottages at Tucson every day to help them with their marketing efforts.