We see all the time that most homeowners don’t like to think about the worse case scenarios. It sounds safer to hope that it never happens. But the truth is, your heat can go out at any time. Including in the middle of the night or while you’re away at work, and you can be stuck in the freezing cold, not knowing what to do or who to call. If you are reading this blog, the first thing you should do is contact a professional. At Troy Furnace & Air Conditioning, we know things happen in the blink of an eye. So, after you’ve called an expert, there are a few things you can do around the house to stay warm until help arrives.
What Household Appliances Should I Check?
While you wait for help, you can try to do some simple troubleshooting on your own, like checking to make sure your air filter is clean; it may just need to be replaced. You can also check your thermostat to make sure it’s on the right setting and temperature, or if your thermostat is battery powered, you can be proactive and change those. Another thing you can do is check your circuit breaker box; if you have an electric furnace, if the switch is tripped, flip it to the “on” position and wait to see if your furnace kicks on. On the other hand, if you have a gas furnace, make sure your pilot light is on; if you do not see a blue flame, you will need to reight it. Keep in mind these factors may do the trick. If not, you have already contacted a professional, so you’re already ahead of the game. At this point, you’ll want to start preparing your home to stay warm until we arrive.
So What Can I Do To Keep My Home Warm?
Are you a homeowner like me with a million blankets inside your closet? If so, it is time to pull that out and bring them into your living space. If you have kids, to make it extra fun, you can bring out your tent and place it in the middle of the smallest room in your house. Then, you can sleep, hang out, and play games inside your tent with all of your heavy blankets. We know that may not sound ideal for many, but this is an excellent way to keep the whole family nice and warm. Plus, you’ll be able to have some fun and spend quality time with your family.
How Can I Keep the Cold Air Outside?
Those annoying cold drafts usually come from small spaces near windows and under your doors. However, to keep the freezing temperatures outside where they belong, you can use different household items to seal window and door seals. So, if you’re trying to be budget-friendly, you can wrap up old towels and stick them under doors and around your windows. Another thing to do is to stay busy. Pick up of those household projects around you’ve been meaning to do. Getting on the move and staying distracted will keep your mind overthinking and worrying about the cold. You can also visit your local hardware store to pick up professional sealant, draft stopper, protective film for your windows and doors. Either way, this is another way to stay warm while help is on the way!
All in all, it is best to contact a residential HVAC company you can trust, like Troy Furnace & Air Conditioning, for help. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. One of the last things we want is our homeowners suffering from anxiety and stress due to not knowing what to do or who to call if their furnace breaks down in the winter. So pick up the phone and call us today at (937) 230-5521, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We are here to serve you and provide five-star service and products without compromising quality.