Snow and ice can seem like a winter wonderland from the safe haven of your warm, cozy home. But when your heater stops working, the weather can turn visions of sugarplums into a freezing cold nightmare.
In addition to the discomfort you feel when you lose heat, your furnishings and fixtures could also suffer from the cold—or get ruined entirely.
If your heater can’t take the freezing temperatures anymore, don’t worry. We’ll help you stay comfortable indoors without heating until your friendly neighborhood repairman shows up. Read on for five tips to help you warm up in the meantime.
1. Cover Windows and Doors
Even the smallest crack in your caulking can cause you to lose heat–fast. If you have gaps in your window panes or a couple inches of wiggle room between your door and your threshold, block these openings before the hot air escapes.
For visible holes, use a rag or dishtowel to block airflow from the outside. For smaller nooks and crannies, caulking can seal up the openings. Window coverings, like blinds or curtains, may also add an extra layer to help insulate your home from the cold.
When your heat comes back on, you can also use these techniques to save on your energy bill.
2. Generate Heat With Your Appliances
You don’t need a space heater to energize a lukewarm room in the winter. Even if your central air system malfunctions, you can use everyday appliances to heat up the surrounding air.
When disaster strikes your home, get creative. Turn on the dryer and heat up your winter sweaters. Blow dry your hair, or use the appliance to warm up cold hands and feet.
3. Close off Unused Rooms
Try to keep the heat circulating through the rooms you use most often. Close off any doors that lead to your attic (since hot air rises), and seal off your basement (where cold air currently resides). Your body heat, combined with a few devices listed above, will heat a small area much faster than a large one.
4. Enjoy Hot Water
One risk you face during a winter storm is frozen or burst pipes. To prevent this problem and heat up your house at the same time, use your water heater to your advantage.
Keep a steady stream of warm water running through all major pipes to make sure they don’t freeze before the repairman comes.
You can also cope with the lowering temperatures by taking a hot bath or shower. Hot drinks like cocoa or tea will also relax you during this stressful time, and you’ll feel heat generating from your stove as you boil the water. Even rinsing your hands under hot water for a few seconds will spread warmth to your entire body, regardless of your external temperature.
5. Stay Together
If you live with other family members or friends, avoid splitting up into individual rooms and letting the heat dissipate.
Instead of isolating yourselves, huddle together under a blanket on the couch. Not only will you feel closer together, but your combined body heat will also make the waiting period much more bearable.
Though none of these solutions will fix your heater, you’ll find that you can have fun and remain safe and comfortable even without a functioning heat system—for a little while, at least.
Remember to call an HVAC professional to fix your heating system and diagnose any potential problems. With a little ingenuity and professional help, your home will stay the perfect temperature all winter long. For more tips, visit our blog regularly and look through our other blogs pots.