Whether you love winter or not, it is that time again to cover how to best prepare for changes in temperatures, and for situations involving the two words us in the Midwest know all two well…
Snow and Ice.
Read on for general guidance to overcome of the wonderful, yet burdensome time that is winter in Western Nebraska:
- Bring out those winter clothes. The thought is that all persons should have the following: a winter cap, gloves that they would be comfortable shoveling snow in, several layers, a few sweatshirts, a couple decent winter coats and some kind of winter boot or footwear that is water-repellent and provides decent traction. You may not need all of it, but when in a pinch, it is better to have too many layers on than too few.
- Here at Cedar Heights Apartments, as well as many apartment communities in the area, we have already run diagnostics on your furnace, repaired any that needed fixing, and replaced all old air filters. With that, please monitor your furnace throughout the winter months and report any irregularities as soon as they come up. NEVER run your furnace under 66 degrees when temperatures are below freezing outside, as running it any lower may lead to water pipes freezing and bursting. Finally, please note that you should keep your thermostat set at one temperature to save on energy expenses instead of setting it lower during the day and turning it up at night.
- As an additional measure, window wrapping can be used to better insulate your windows or patio doors. Also, if you are a resident at Cedar Heights Apartments, please make sure to close your fireplace flue when not in use and close the fireplace doors to better keep your apartment living space warm.
- When walking outside, please stick to paths that have been cleared already and have salt/sand down. Do not take shortcuts through lawns or areas that have not been cleared, as there is no way of knowing if there is ice underneath any snow-covered areas.
- On the point of travel, make sure that your car always has over 1/2 of a full tank when temperatures are below freezing. Remember to check the tread of your tires, and keep a few spare blankets in the trunk of your car in case your car breaks down or refuses to start.
- Finally, and as a small piece of advice, make sure to reverse the direction of your fan by toggling the switch on the side of it. We don’t believe enough people do this, and it may help in a small way keep your apartment warm over the cooler months.