Whether or not we see a snow day this year, you need to prepare yourself for all kinds of winter weather. At some point, Arkansas will get a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and hail on top of unpredictably chilly temperatures! Here are the best ways to winterize your apartment in anticipation of colder weather.
Prep Your Patio
Every apartment at The Pointe Brodie Creek features a beautiful balcony or patio. Do you have yours decorated with outdoor furniture, rugs, and other accents?
Now is the time to give everything a deep clean. Then, if you own anything that could warp or crack under freezing temperatures, bring it inside and store it until winter is over. Not worried about it? Just keep your furniture outside and cover it securely.
Winterize Your Windows
Did you know your apartment here features energy-efficient windows with thermal insulation? Yes, we thought ahead!
That alone should keep most of the heat indoors and the cold outdoors, but there are some extra precautions you can take to winterize your apartment:
- Change your curtains. You can exchange lighter curtains for heavier curtains, layer two sets of curtains, or purchase thermal curtains to keep your windows warm.
- Open your curtains and blinds. During the day when the sun is shining, leaving your curtains and blinds open will allow your apartment to absorb the light and heat. That should cut down on your energy costs and prevent condensation.
- Watch for water. Speaking of condensation, keep your windows clean and wipe up any condensation that may accumulate. If you notice any water leaks, submit a service request as soon as possible so our five-star maintenance team can fix it.
Defend Your Doors
Your patio door and your front door are your first line of defense against cold winter weather. It’s time to show them support and join their squad!
Go ahead and inspect the weather stripping around your door. Make sure there are no gaps, holes, or tears. If you see any issues, submit a service request so the maintenance team can replace the weatherstripping.
You can also get a sturdy door mat for inside and outside your apartment, so you have two sets of mats to wipe off any winter weather from your feet as you enter. Set a shoe rack next to your front door where you can take off and leave your shoes, too.
Protect the Pipes
When the weather forecast predicts freezing temperatures below 32 degrees, protecting your pipes from freezing and bursting needs to be your top priority. Not only could a burst pipe flood your apartment, but it could flood others around you and below you.
The best ways to winterize your apartment in this case are to keep your faucets dripping and leave the cabinet doors open under your sinks.
Acclimate Your Air Conditioning
Time to switch from A/C to heat!
Just remember to try and keep your apartment to a consistent temperature. Our maintenance team does not recommend turning your heater off when you leave. Instead, set the temperature down one or two degrees.
This prevents your air conditioner from overworking itself to heat back up when you return home, which saves you money on your energy bills.
If you notice your heater isn’t heating properly, try using the emergency heat setting on your thermostat. Then, submit a service request so our maintenance team can tackle the issue for you.
Bring Out the Blankets
Ready to stay in and get cozy? Wintertime is the perfect time for a little staycation!
Start bringing out all the blankets you stored over the summer and distribute them throughout your apartment. Add extra layers of blankets or comforters to your bedding and toss a thrown blanket on every chair and sofa.
Remember Renter’s Insurance
If you don’t have renter’s insurance, we strongly recommend you purchase a policy as soon as possible.
Like we mentioned above, a frozen, busted pipe can flood your apartment and destroy your belongings. What would you do if you didn’t have insurance to cover the damages?
You can find affordable plans for just a few bucks a month with a variety of insurance companies. Or, bundle your car insurance with your renter’s insurance to cover all your bases.
Let Us Worry About the Rest
Because you rent an apartment and not a house, you get to cast away the worries that plague most homeowners. You don’t have to stress about winterizing a pool, protecting your home from pests, maintaining a sprinkler system, patching a roof, or cleaning out gutters. Feels nice, right?
Once you check off each item on this list of the best ways to winterize your apartment, you will be set until Spring. Sit back, relax, and enjoy life at The Pointe Brodie Creek!