I never realized just exactly how drafty a single of my apartments was until I lived through my very first polar vortex. A polar vortex is this weather phenomena that happens to us every so often up north; it’s basically a extravagant term for a front of very severely chilly air, usually caused by high winds. The last of them I lived through plummeted parts of the country to minus 15 degrees. That’s 15 degrees below zero! While it didn’t happen quite that terrible in the place where I lived–we were spared with a mere 28 degrees below zero–we always had her own additional concerns because of it. The areas with less chilly air were always due to the weather being less dry, allowing for storms. The result of it all is always subzero temperatures in an ice storm. It wasn’t until it got that chilly that I finally realized just how drafty my home was. The control equipment was set at 60 degrees only, but the temperature read 50. The electric furnace was cycling consistently, over and over; it was never shutting off! I walked around, plus sure enough we found that every window was leaking in chilly air, even locked! But it wasn’t just like the sides like I was used to, it was the bottom where the gasket was, but we knew clearly, it needed to be upgraded. But I couldn’t leave the home on our own accord due to the storm to get plastic to cover it. What I ended up doing in that moment was getting every towel in the house, rolling them up super tight, plus shoving them all along the window sills. It looked incredibly ridiculous, but it worked. Two hours later, the home was totally heated plus the central electric oil furnace plan finally clicked off. I had absolutely no idea those modern-looking windows could lose so much heat!