Winter is here and so are the freezing temperatures that are common in these first few months of the year. There are a number of important winter maintenance tips that you can follow. Preparing your apartment home for these colder months will ensure that you’re comfortable and help to decrease the likelihood of a major jump in any utility bills. You can rest assured that our maintenance teams have worked diligently to ensure all the common areas and exteriors in our communities are ready for winter.
What can you do to properly winterize your apartment home?
Follow these five winter maintenance tips:
Check Windows and Doors
It’s something you might overlook, but don’t forget to walk through your apartment to check all your windows or doors. Ensure they’re closed properly. When windows and doors close firm and tight, they keep out cold air. If any windows or doors don’t close correctly, please submit a maintenance request so our team can assist you.
Adjust Your Temperature Settings
Fortunately, the new ADT smart home hubs in all our apartment communities make it easy to adjust the temperature in your apartment. To help reduce your utility bill, consider dropping the temperature an extra degree or two and get cozy in a blanket. You also can reduce the temperature slightly at night when you’re sleeping. Another helpful tip: When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure your thermostat is set above 65 degrees to ensure your home is warm enough to prevent any damage to plumbing or HVAC systems.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, take a few extra steps to ensure your pipes won’t freeze. Open cabinet doors beneath your faucets and allow the faucets to run on fixtures bordering exterior walls. All you need is a slow drip of cold water coming from the faucet to avoid frozen pipes. Additionally, if you’re planning to be out of your apartment for a few days, don’t set your thermostat colder than 65 degrees. This will ensure that your apartment stays warm enough to avoid any potential damage to your plumbing or HVAC systems.
Prepare for Snow
No matter where you live, you don’t want to get caught off guard by a winter snowstorm. That’s why we recommend that you have a snow shovel. Our maintenance teams work as quickly as possible to clear snow from our communities, but having a good snow shovel ready is a smart idea, especially if you need to get to your car.
Protect Outdoor Furniture
Also, don’t forget to cover any outdoor furniture on your patio or balcony. It’s important to protect that furniture from any blowing snow or freezing rain.
We believe it’s how you live that matters and want to share resources that can help you. In addition to the tips in this blog post, check out this great video from HHHunt about how you can winterize your home. We hope you stay warm and enjoy these winter months!