January is the month where people talk about all the things they plan to change in the upcoming year.
“This is the year I lose 10 pounds.”
“This is the year I pay off my credit card.”
“This year I will spend more time with my family.”
The idea behind resolutions are great; they encourage us to set a goal and improve our lives in some way. Sadly not everyone achieves their resolutions. One large reason that people do not accomplish their resolutions is that they are large, unspecific and vague. Here are four achievable and actionable resolutions you should make for your apartment home this year!
Change the filters
Changing your filters is an excellent way to make sure your air vents are blowing more efficiently and blowing clean air. Don’t force your air conditioner to work harder with an overly disgusting filter and don’t irritate your allergies by blowing allergens and dust into the air. Most apartment complexes will do this for you upon request, so all you have to do is ask! This is one of the easiest ones on the list so get it done!
Use less electricity
Want to save money, help the planet out and give your apartment appliances a break? Make a resolution to use less power this year. Small ways to save electricity:
- Use a programmable thermostat.
- Purchase energy efficient thermal curtains
- Invest in Energy Star light fixtures
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Use cold water for laundry when possible
Inspect your fire extinguisher
First, make sure you know where your fire extinguisher(s) are located. In the event of a fire, you do not want to have to search for it. Most apartments have one located beneath the kitchen sink when you move in.
There are different classes for what fire extinguishers are used for so be sure to familiarize yourself with the type you have.
Look at the inspection tag on the extinguisher to see the date of the last inspection. If it has been more than six months since the fire extinguisher has been inspected by a professional feel free to reach out directly to your apartment complex to see their protocol and timeline for fire extinguisher inspections.
Look for any signs of leakage or rupture on the tank. Check the pressure if your device has a pressure gauge. Doing a quick inspection of your extinguisher is a good practice to be sure yourself and other residents know where to find it, as well as being more confident about the condition of the extinguisher.
Test your windows
Some residents use their windows every day. Others may live in an apartment for over a year and never use them. Even if you do not use your windows for ventilation, you should be sure you are familiar with how to open them in the event you need to use them. If a window does not open correctly, it could be the difference between life and death.
Also testing the windows one by one will allow you to feel more confident that your windows are properly closed and locked.
There are tons of small things you can do to make your home a better environment. You can get this started today! Do you set resolutions? Do any of them involve maintenance or home improvement? Let us know in the comments.