One of the harsh realities of living in an apartment is that it can be difficult to heat during the winter. Apartments are built to be efficient, but you might find that the one you’re living in is not heat efficient. Here are some strategies for keeping your apartment warm during the winter, without breaking the bank.
Winterize Your Windows
Many apartment windows have gaps around the edges that can be sealed up. If you have recessed windows, you can buy a window insulator kit at most hardware stores. It’s a sheet of clear, thin plastic, and glue strips. Place the glue strips around the inside window sill, and stick the plastic to it. Then shrink wrap the plastic with a hair dryer. This insulates your windows from the cold outside, and keeps the heat trapped inside where you want it.
Winterize Your Front Door
The majority of cold air that gets into an apartment comes through the front door. If there’s a significant gap there, you can purchase putty to fill in the gap. Leave enough room to open and close the door easily. If that doesn’t work, you can also throw a towel on the floor at the base of the door. This prevents some of the heat from making its way in, but it’s a method that can only be used while you’re inside the apartment.
Consider a Space Heater
If you have a back bedroom or office in your apartment that doesn’t get enough heat, you should consider buying a space heater. These can be purchased for a reasonable price, and can help to warm a room. They’re effective, but be warned: they’ll increase your heating costs, because they use a lot of electricity. You also have to be careful where you place them. Space heaters can be a fire hazard if you leave them unattended, or position them directly on a carpet. Read the warning labels and instructions thoroughly before using one.
Get Creative with Appliances
Take advantage every time you use your dishwasher and oven. After running a load of dishes in the dishwasher, open the door to let some of the steam out. After you bake something in the oven, leave the door open slightly until it cools down. In both cases, the heat that’s trapped in these appliances can be released into your apartment to help raise the overall temperature a small amount. Take care when doing this if you have small children around.
Those are just a few tips that can help you keep your apartment warmer in the winter. If you purchase any supplies to winterize your living space, ask your landlord if he’ll let you deduct it from your rent that month. If you’ve tried the above tips and you’re still cold, remember to bundle up in extra layers of clothing and use extra blankets at night. It may sound old-fashioned, but don’t rule out a cup of hot chocolate to help you warm up.