One of the best things about living in a climate that goes through seasons is the change in scenery. In most places, fall brings a beautiful variety of different colored leaves and other plants. Additionally, the temperatures become more enjoyable as has the hot summer weather abandons its hold and makes way for the new season.
However, fall quickly turns to winter and we find ourselves struggling to keep warm and scrambling to prepare our homes for cold temperatures. Get ahead of the curve this year and start getting your home ready for fall now.
Not sure where to begin? Keep reading for a quick apartment checklist.
1. Cover the Windows
It can get cold in Indiana and cold air can push its way into our homes. If your windows are drafty, consider covering your windows in plastic or with thermal or blackout curtains. These will help keep the cold air out and increase the warmth of your apartment.
2. Throw in Some Throw Blankets
Keeping heavy throw blankets on chairs and sofas not only give your home a look of warmth, but they’re also easy to grab when you’re feeling a little chilly. Fall themed throws can help get in the autumn mood.
3. Bring in Outdoor Summer Decor
Now that the weather’s getting cooler, it’s time to put away your outdoor furniture and bring in your potted plants for the winter. Any other items you have on your patio that won’t make it in the cold, you should bring in or put in storage.
4. Reverse the Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your apartment, now is the time to reverse the direction of their rotations. In the summer, fans turn counterclockwise to push cool air down. In the winter, run your fans on low in a clockwise direction to pull cool air up and displace the warm air that settles at the ceiling.
5. Replace Your HVAC Filter
If one of your tenant duties for your apartment is to replace the HVAC filter, it must be done before you start running the heat full time. This will help reduce the risk of fire. A clean HVAC filter will also help your system run more efficiently.
6. Report Any Issues to the Leasing Office
To get ready for fall and colder temperatures, take stock of everything around your apartment and report any major issues to the leasing office. This includes things like gaps in the windows or doors, malfunctioning heating systems, pipe leaks, and more. They should be able to help take care of the repairs before winter sets in.
7. Put Up Fall Decorations
For most people, getting ready for fall means putting up fall decorations. As noted above, fall is a time of brilliant warm colors that help make any apartment feel cozy. Take advantage of the season and give yourself an excuse to update your decor.
Is Your Apartment Ready for Fall?
If your apartment isn’t ready for fall yet, you’d better get a move on. After all, it’s only a few short months until we’re in the heart of winter. If you need more tips on apartment living, be sure to check out some of our other articles for guidance.
And if you’re looking for a new apartment to settle down into this fall, fill out an apartment rental application today. We’d love to provide a warm, safe place for you.