It’s a bitter cold night in January, and you’re in the middle of a vicious winter storm. It’s the type of blizzard your kids will tell their kids about someday.
“It was the worst storm anyone could remember. There was so much snow, schools were shut down for two weeks. The state closed off all the highways, no one could get to work. Then, in the middle of it all, our gas furnace stopped working.”
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to schedule furnace service right away and soon enjoy the comforts of a properly heated home.
But if you find yourself having to wait for someone to fix your heating system, here are some things you can do to stay warm in the meantime.
Stick to one room
Find a room that’s small and comfortable. Load it up with pillows, blankets, books and anything you’ll need to keep yourself entertained. This room should be smaller, with a low ceiling. Shut all the doors to the room and use blankets or towels to seal off the space under the doorways to keep heat sealed in.
Getting some indoor exercise will keep your blood flowing and your body warm. Whether it’s jumping jacks, yoga, aerobics or an impromptu dance party, moving = warming.
Hot food and drink
When your gas furnace goes out, warm your house by cooking some hearty stew or baking a pie or some other kind of dessert. You’ll make your home feel more inviting while adding some temporary warmth. This is not the same as using your oven as a heater. That’s dangerous and should be avoided.
If you’re not that adept at cooking or baking, heat up your favorite cold weather drink – coffee, tea, or hot cocoa – or make some nice, warm broth.
Layers are your friend
You might be tempted to wear your winter coat indoors until your furnace service expert arrives. But rather than wearing one bulky garment, try to wear a few thinner layers to help trap in some extra heat. Long underwear and thick socks go a long way to keeping you warm. At bedtime, use an extra blanket and put on a hat and scarf.
Use your drapes
We’ve shared this tip before as a low-cost method of warming and cooling your home. Keep drapes and curtains open during the day to allow the sun to heat your home. Close them at night to trap that heat inside. The heavier your curtains, the better they are at preventing drafts.
Fire up your space heater
Devices such as space heaters, heating pads and electric blankets can make a big difference when your heating system goes out. These are great for heating small spaces. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep with an electric blanket or heating pad running or leave a space heater unattended.
Light some candles
A candle will produce a surprising amount of heat, but like space heaters, you should never leave them unattended. If you don’t have any candles, you can light some incandescent bulbs, which generate more heat than their LED counterparts.
Want to make sure your furnace is firing on all cylinders before the next big snow storm hits? Contact All Seasons Comfort Control. With the help of regular maintenance from our furnace service experts, you’ll have confidence that your heating system will keep you warm all winter.