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6 Ways to Stay Warm When Your Furnace Breaks Down

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on January 29, 2021

How can I heat my house without a furnaceWaking up cold in the middle of an icy winter night and discovering that your HVAC system has suddenly malfunctioned is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a homeowner. Calling in emergency HVAC repair technicians is an effective solution to this problem, but there's still the question of how are you going to keep yourself warm until they arrive.

In order to help the good people of Chesterfield stay cozy even in an emergency, we've written a brief guide on how to efficiently warm up your home when your furnace (or other HVAC system) goes out. 

Just keep in mind that, if this isn't the first time your furnace has unexpectedly given up the ghost, it may be time for a heating replacement in Chesterfield, VA. Getting a new furnace or a heat pump is almost always the more sound financial decision if your furnace is at the end of its life than repairing it. Read on. 

How can I heat my house without a furnace?

For the purposes of this article, we'll assume you don't have a working gas, pellet, or wood fireplace (or a similar heating option) in your house. Obviously, if you do, this should be your first choice for heating when your furnace malfunctions.

Here are 6 ways to warm yourself up without a furnace:

1. Seal off a room

Pick a small room in your house, preferably one with a low ceiling. Close the doors and use towels, sheets, blankets, and even old newspapers to stop any drafts. By staying inside this room, you and the other members of your household will warm it up with your body heat and keep the warmth there until your heating is back online.

2. Put on some appropriate clothing

This is a good time to bring out all those wool sweaters, thick socks, ski pants, and other winter clothes you rarely wear. Make sure to put on multiple layers and cover yourself with blankets for extra insulation.

3. Get your blood flowing

Do some exercises or throw a dance party in a room. All that movement will not only generate a lot of heat, but also keep your pets and family members occupied while they wait for the HVAC technicians to show up. 

4. Light some candles

Candles can produce a surprisingly large amount of heat, just make sure not to leave them unattended. If you don't have candles, you can also use incandescent light bulbs, as these generate a lot more warmth than LEDs, compacts, and other types of lights.

5. Cook

Make a stew, bake a pie, or do any other type of cooking that uses the oven. In addition to creating a lot of warmth, eating hot food will also increase your body heat. Refrain from using an oven as a heater, however, as that can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided. 

6. Brew some tea or hot chocolate

Warm drinks can go a long way toward helping you keep your body warm and your mind relaxed. 

Where can I get a top-notch heating replacement in Chesterfield, VA?

6 Ways to Stay Warm When Your Furnace Breaks DownYou'll never have to worry about warming yourself up if your heating system is installed and maintained by a first-rate HVAC contractor such as Howell's Heating & Air. With over 5 decades of experience and a long list of happy customers, we're superbly positioned to ensure your HVAC system is always in peak condition.

Our NATE-certified technicians will expertly deal with any HVAC-related problem you may have while you focus on your other responsibilities or simply take a relaxing walk by the Chesterfield County Government Complex with your loved ones. Get in touch with us today.  

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