When your heat goes out in the middle of winter and you are expecting an HVAC contractor to show up within twelve to twenty-four hours, you still have to find ways to stay warm. For some people, it means leaving their homes and finding emergency shelter, but that is not always a feasible option if local warming shelters, homeless shelters and emergency shelters are full. Here is how you can create and conserve heat and stay warm until your heating installation is complete.
Camping out in the Living Room
Find the warmest room in your house where every member of the family has enough room to lay down, stretch out and sleep. In most cases, your living room or den is your best bet. Pull out every last blanket and huddle together with as many layers of clothing on as you can. If you have to wait overnight for a contractor to arrive, try to sleep as close to each other as possible to retain heat. If you have working electricity and heating pads, heating blankets and/or hot water bottles, use them.
Space Heaters and Closed Doors
If you are going to use space heaters, use ones that rely on electricity or oil. Propane space heaters need circulating air to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and the last thing you want to do when you are trying to stay warm is open a window to stay breathing and stay alive. Additionally, you want to contain the heat produced by the space heaters, so shut all doors to the room in which your family will hunker down. Should the room get really warm or the space heaters start to overheat, turn the heaters off and let them rest for awhile.
Shut Down All Drafts
Check all of your windows and doors for drafts. If you and your family are going to close off the rest of the house until the new furnace is installed, then the only drafts you need to be concerned about are those coming from your windows and your electrical outlets. Use safety plugs to plug any unused holes in the outlets and then cover the outlet plates with plastic wrap to help seal the cold out. Cover your windows with thick sheets of cardboard and/or insulating plastic too. If you need to go more than two or three days without a furnace and heat, these steps should sufficiently keep you and your family warm and safe.
For further assistance, get in touch with a service like A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.