It is wintertime in Milwaukee, and while there are plenty of positives to the season—hot chocolate, ice skating, skiing, and snowy landscapes—there are plenty of negatives as well.
Winter brings cold weather and low sunlight, and that can mean a cold and dreary apartment if you are not prepared and ready to handle the dropping temperatures. Winter prep doesn’t end with your wardrobe, so here are our top 10 ways to get your Milwaukee apartment ready for winter.
- Check for drafts – Cold winter nights are notorious for sending pesky drafts throughout your home. If you have air gaps in your windows or doors, you (and your pets!) are sure to feel them when that first February blizzard rolls around. Adding draft guards to the bottom of your entryway doors or heavy insulated curtains to your windows are the perfect ways to keep the cold out.
- Swap Your Bedding – Looking to spend a little less on your heating bill? Invest in some heavy bedding and drop the thermostat a few degrees at night. Adding things like mattress pads, heavy comforters, and flannel sheets in the wintertime will have you sleeping like a baby.
- Check your patio or balcony before the snow falls – Many Wimmer properties have private balconies or patios included with your unit. Before the snow falls, it’s a good idea to tidy up your space and make sure glass tables are covered and chairs are put away. Ice buildup over the course of a few months can shatter tables and ruin furniture. It is also a good idea to keep a shovel and rock salt handy if you like to enjoy time on your patio or balcony in the winter months as well.
- Decorate with indoor plants – Missing those sunny days in the park? Add some green to your space with a few indoor house plants. Plants are the perfect way to get a taste of warm weather, or at least trick yourself into thinking it’s warm out again. Plants are a great way to not only decorate your apartment but also improve the air quality within it.
- Check your lighting - Long winter nights and short winter days mean less natural light. Swapping out your lightbulbs for a more natural lighting tint goes a long way in boosting your mood throughout the winter. Seasonal depression is a real thing during the winter months; combat it with a bright and inviting apartment atmosphere by switching out your lighting.
- Reverse your ceiling fans – Traditionally, ceiling fans are used to circulate air throughout a room, and they are set up to spin in a way that forces air downward. Most ceiling fans have a switch on them the reverses the rotation of the fan, pulling air up. This setting is made specifically for colder climates and when engaged will pull the cold air up from the floor and circulate it within the warm air at the ceiling.
If you have a heater or fireplace going, turning on the ceiling fan will help circulate the warm are better throughout your Milwaukee apartment.
- Add a humidifier – Winter months bring dry air into your apartment. Combat the stuffy noses and dry skin with a humidifier. Humidity drops in the winter because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Adding a humidifier or two to your apartment will go a long way in keeping you comfortable during the winter months and improve your overall health.
- Portable space heaters – Working from home at a desk that isn’t close to a heater? Add a portable space heater to your apartment to add instant heat to any room. There are many designs and sizes to choose from. If you are looking for a little extra heat without having to layer up in your apartment, a space heater is an excellent option.
- Electric blankets – An electric blanket is a perfect accessory for any Milwaukee apartment in winter. Having one around on your couch or in your bedroom is a great way to stay warm and comfortable when relaxing.
- Cover floors with rugs – Who doesn’t like interior decorating? Winter can be the perfect time to get that rug or runner you have been eyeing online and add it to your space. Covering hardwood floors with a decorative rug will help retain the heat in your Milwaukee apartment and keep you cozy all winter.
Do not worry, we hear it is supposed to be 80 degrees in July! Before you know it, the warmer weather will be rolling in but until then it is important to make the most of the winter season.
We hope these tips help you stay comfortable in your Milwaukee apartment this winter. What are some of your winter essentials for apartment living? Let us know, we would love to hear from you.
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