April 23, 2020| Lester Yat
A large part of a change of seasons is being ready for whatever comes next. That is especially true with the winter season in many parts of the country, as it’s time to prepare and brace yourself for however treacherous the season actually becomes. This can be accomplished with a checklist of sorts, for both residents and managers. Little things like putting stakes next to flourishing plants will let an individual know where the sidewalk ends and the garden begins, or using a snow melter—like calcium chloride—can help alleviate a problem before it even starts.
Other simple steps include: closing storm windows, if applicable, to add another layer to keep cold air out of a home; leaving curtains open during a day saves money on heating costs; keeping doors closed minimizes the space that needs to be heated, while also eliminating extra work done to insulate; keep door gaps closed so heat doesn’t escape a living space, such as attaching door sweeps on the bottom; insulate outlets and switches, as they let in more cool air than people realize; make sure the heating system is up to date and working properly; curtain installation may add both beauty and warmth to a space; don’t cover vents so heat doesn’t get caught; and use ceiling fans to their full capability—which means running it in reverse can bring warm air to the floor.
Winterization is important not only financially and health-wise, but also helps the environment by reducing carbon emission into the atmosphere. And along with these tips, investing in items like blankets and candles are little things that go a long way.