Power outages are never convenient but losing power and heat in the middle of winter is inconvenient and uncomfortable! While you can't control the stability of your local power grid, you can be prepared for power outages. If your heating isn't working and you can't make the fix, here's how to stay cozy until the professional HVAC technicians from Pro Plumbing Heat and Air arrive.
The Power and My Heating System is Out, What Do I Do?
First, check a few light switches around the house to determine if there's a complete outage or if there's a blown circuit affecting only a portion of your home. If the lights or appliances are working in some places, check your circuit breaker and reset the tripped circuit.
If the power is completely out, consider checking with your utility company to make sure your outage is reported. This can increase response time by a few hours, especially if the outage is only affecting a small area.
How to Stay Warm When the Power Goes Off
You've alerted the utility company and evaluated the chances of power issues; now it's time to get cozy. A well-insulated home will retain heat for hours even when it's frigid outside, but you can take a few steps to preserve heat longer.
Keep All Windows and Doors Closed
Keep the heat in and the cold out! Take a quick lap of your home to ensure all windows and doors are firmly shut and avoid going in and out of the house. Opening the door for even a few seconds at a time can lower indoor temperatures quickly.
Wear thick, warm, and cozy clothes before you really need them. Getting warm layers on before indoor temperatures decline helps you preserve body warmth longer. Use blankets on your couch and bring the whole family together for a board game!
Using Generators or Gas Heaters
It can be tempting to use propane heaters to warm your home, but be careful. Read all the instructions that come with your generator or heater and be sure to follow them.
Most portable gas heaters have several safety features to reduce fire risk and control emissions and can be used with constant monitoring.
Generators can help you run a heater or a few appliances as well, depending on the type and size of generator you have. Learn more about safely heating your home with a generator.
When is No Heat an Emergency?
Losing your heat isn't an emergency until it affects your health or safety. Colder temperatures pose a health hazard to young children, the elderly, or those with health conditions. Seek a heated public space if you or someone in your household is experiencing any cold-related symptoms.