There are ways to mitigate this with a few quick fixes. You could buy a thermal leak detector to find the cold spots in your home, but before buying anything, take a cursory inspection. You can get an idea if there are gaps in your door frames and baseboards and if you can feel the cold air rushing in through the weatherstripping around your windows.
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More likely than not, if you live in an apartment or an older home, you've got gaps in that 90-degree angle where your walls' baseboards meet your floor. These gaps may not look big, but the amount of cold air rushing through them and into your home is significant. Check around the window frames' molding for gaps too.