4 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm When Your Heater Breaks Down

During a cold winter's day, your home's heater may have broken down. While waiting for repairs, you may worry about how you are going to keep yourself and your family warm. If so, use the following four tips to keep heat in your home and protect your loved ones from the frigid temperatures.

Seal Off Your Doors And Windows

The first thing you should do is examine your doors and windows, looking for any gaps or cracks in the frames. Because any openings will allow heat to escape while letting the cold air in, they need to be sealed off.

If you find any small cracks, use plastic or duct tape to cover them. Although a temporary measure, the thin barrier can keep any air from passing through.

For larger cracks, stuff them with newspaper or small towels. If you do not have either of these, use old socks, cleaning cloths or t-shirts to block the gaps. If your temporary barrier will not stay put, use a small piece of tape to secure them inside the hole.

Cover Your Walls And Floors With Comforters And Blankets

Once you have covered the large gaps around your windows and doors, hang comforters or blankets on the walls adjacent to the outdoors. The thick materials can keep the walls warm so they do not suck the heat out of your rooms. They will also help block cold air that may come through any small holes or cracks in the walls.

If your floors do not have carpets or rugs, put a blanket or comforter down on the floor. This is especially important if you have an open crawl space or unheated basement underneath where cold air could become trapped and radiate up into your home.

Light Candles For Warmth

After you have temporarily insulated your rooms, it is time to start providing heat for them. One way to do this is to light candles and set one on each sturdy table in the room. While the flames may seem small, the fire does generate heat that radiates into the space around them.

If you do decide to light candles, however, make sure you do so safely by setting them in secure holders and not leaving them unattended. When you will not be in a room for a while or will be sleeping, snuff them out. Also, if you have children or pets, try to place them high enough so they are not accidentally knocked over.

Cook Up Something In Your Kitchen

Another way to provide heat in your home is to cook up something in the kitchen. The heat generated by the stovetop and oven provides a warm, cozy source of heat. If possible, use both to increase the amount you generate.

After you have finished cooking in the oven, open the door so the heat can escape to continue providing heat. Do not leave the oven on while the door is open, as your oven could malfunction while trying to maintain a constant temperature with an open door. If you have children or pets, do not leave the door open because they could burn themselves. Even keeping the door closed can generate some heat.

Do not keep the stovetop burners on, since this could pose a fire hazard if something were to inadvertently fall on the stove without your knowledge. If you wish to have a burner on for a few hours, slow-cook a pot of soup. Just make sure you keep an eye on it.

When used in conjunction, the above tips can help warm up your home and trap the heat inside. This will allow your family to stay as comfortable as possible until the the heating repair technician comes to repair your furnace.