Preparing Your Apartment for the Cold

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If you’re a Chicago native, you know how harsh the winters can be and if you’re new to town, well, you’re in for an cruel- we mean cool, surprise.

Just like you take special care for your car, yourself and other things during the winter, your apartment is no different! Here are some precautionary steps you can take to make sure your home stays in tip-top shape this season:

Swap out curtains for heavier ones.

It may seem silly, but this easy trick prevents any cool air from coming in through window cracks and keeps your space extra warm.

Turn off your heater when you’re not at home.

Since you’ll be blasting the heat while you’re there, might as well save some energy while you’re not. Keep your apartment in the low 60’s, then crank it up when you get home.

Replace your air filters

If it seems your warm arm isn’t circulating correctly, replacing the air filters can show quick results to reverse that.

Reverse your ceiling fans.

According to energygov.com, “reversing the motor and operating the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.”.

Run your sink’s cold water at a drip if you leave town.

Running water is a lot less likely to freeze than still water. You know what they say: a drip a day keeps the freeze away! Okay, we made that up but it could still save you a lot of trouble.

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