Monday, November 22, 2010

Keep it Cozy, Keep it Chic

        Watching the seasons change outside your window can serve as a sensible reminder that we too must adapt to the weather. Even extravagant apartments can lose their luster if they are not well prepared for the icy winter weather. Cold drafts, chilly bedrooms, and heat hemorrhages can kill more than your patience; they can also kill your wallet. So now, amongst the dazzling spectrum of foliage and leaves falling outside your apartment window, it’s time to buckle down and bundle up.  

Keeping your apartment warm does not, however, necessitate lowering your fashion standards by erecting drab or frumpy heat coverings. Some of these more frugal methods tend to be quite practical, but utilitarian means generally lead to unfortunate appearances, i.e. duct-tape prom dresses or spray-painted cars.  Let’s take a look at some ways to stay warm while also keeping your cool.

Heat tends to escape your apartment in two ways: gaps and windows. The former can often be alleviated with a quick and assertive call to the super. The latter is generally fixed by the creation of a heavy cellophane façade buttressed by clear tape around the window frames. Remember, we are trying to avoid eye-sores! Thermal resistant curtains may be a better idea, and when coupled with conservative weather stripping, offers both a practical and fashionable solution when battling the weather.

Keeping unused areas of the apartment closed, closets included, can maximize the effectiveness of your heater. Unblocking radiators is also a good idea, as is strategically placing larger furniture in front of the draftier windows (only with permission from your Feng Shui guru).

You should also utilize programmable thermostats. This way you can find your preferred temperature and have it waiting for you when you return from work or school. It is recommendable to lower the temperature while you are out, especially if your apartment tends to leak. Using space heaters can be a good idea, as can running your ceiling fans in reverse to promote a better distribution of heat.

So man the fireplace, light some candles (cinnamon apple scented for best results), and cozy up with that special person or pet; you’re ready to enjoy watching the light blanket of snow gathering outside your windows from the comfort of your warm and attractive apartment.

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