Frozen Roads And Nowhere To Go: How To Handle A Heating Emergency

Posted on: 13 March 2015

With more than one city in the United States seeing snowfall amounts far beyond normal, it is not inconceivable that you could get trapped in your home with a furnace that is over-stressed and in need of repair. If you happen to get stuck in a home with no heat and cannot get out because of the weather, it can get a bit scary for sure. However, with a little critical thinking and some ingenuity, you can keep your family warm in spite of the fact that your furnace has stopped heating your home.

Scale Down Your Living Space

The first thing you need to do in a heating outage is to scale down the size of the space to be heated. Without a whole-house system continuously funneling heated air through the home, you will see your house grow could really fast. Grab some heavy blankets and block off the most well-insulated room in your house by covering the entryways. Take into consideration where natural sunlight can come in, but avoid rooms that may have drafty windows and doors.

In most cases, rooms on the lower levels of the home will stay warmer for longer periods because they are less prone to drafts. Further, small spaces are a lot easier to heat and will be maintain a steady temperature easier than something large, or with tall ceilings.

Find Heat Sources of Every Kind

When you are in a desperate situation, there are a lot of things in your home you can use to generate a little heat. make a trip around your home and garage and look for what you can find that may be related to the following items:

Propane lanterns - The propane lanterns generate a lot of heat and burn clean. Therefore, they are safe to use inside the home. Just keep the lantern at a safe distance from other items and on a sturdy table.

Candles - Jar candles generate a small amount of warmth on their own, but gather a group of them and you will see quite the difference in the temperature. Taper candles can produce heat as well, but it is generally not as much.

Crock pots and slow cookers - Fill these with water and turn them on their highest setting with the lid off. They will offer a good amount of heated steam that will not be overpowering.

Portable camping stoves - Camping stoves, usually powered by propane, can give you a safe source of heat in the event of an emergency. Make sure you place the stove on a good solid surface away from anything that could catch on fire and never leave it unattended.

When you and your family are starting to feel the sting of a bad furnace because of the cold, it is time to do what you can to stay warm. Keeping this guide in mind when you are waiting for furnace repair (from professionals such as those from Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning) or the ability to get out in the weather could be the difference in how warm you can stay.