Winter is coming, get prepared.
If you live in Canada's prairies, we're sure you're ready. Mitts, shovels, and hockey sticks in hands. Or you're busy picking out your Netflix-winter-binge. You're almost there.
Learn how to best equip your rental apartment for incoming below freezing temperatures, icy patches, and snow, with just a few simple steps in preparation that may save you a headache later.
Stay Warm & Save Energy
You don't need to spend more to stay warm.
Aside from the obvious, lock patio doors and keep windows tightly closed, window insulation film is recognized as a great energy-saving option for reducing heat loss in a home. Alternatively, weather seal tape or blackout curtains keep your apartment warmer, as windows can account for 30 per cent of heat loss.
Floors can account for 10 per cent of heat loss. If you've got laminate or hardwood flooring, use thick rugs to help keep your home heated.
Following a few simple steps helps reduce the risk of freezing pipes. To further reduce the risk, it's also recommended that your thermostat is set to a minimum 18 C to warm your suite sufficiently through the winter, while keeping interior doors open allowing heat to circulate easier.
Maintain the Outdoors
When temperatures plummet and snow has fallen, be extra careful outside of your property. Be cautious of icy patches on the ground and falling ice from above. If you notice any serious winter hazards that are not identified in and around the property, it's recommended you contact your property manager to address any concerns.
If your apartment has a balcony, consider a shovel or broom to remove snow early, before it builds up over a longer period. When removing snow and ice from your balcony, be cautious of pedestrians below and avoid pushing snow into a pile, creating weight that could cause damage.
In Case of Emergency
Not every year is as bad as the last, but it's best to be prepared with a few necessities.
Stay indoors, stay off the roads, and watch out for signs of frostbite during a winter storm. Pay attention to news reports, and stock up if you haven't already done so.
Stockpiling for emergency situations is recommended through the winter, as winter storms can be unpredictable.
High-energy, high-protein, and non-perishable foods are recommended for stocking as the body uses up more energy in emergency situations. Peanut butter, whole-wheat crackers, nuts and trail mixes, cereal, granola bars, dried fruit, and canned tuna are just a few great examples of foods to have on hand in case of winter emergencies.
Follow these tips and you'll be ready to take on mother nature this winter. Stay safe out there and be a friendly neighbour.