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If Your Heat Goes Out: How to Be Prepared

Last updated 7 years ago

One of the worst things that could happen in the winter is to lose heat. Sometimes heat loss is due to a power outage, and other times it’s because of a furnace malfunction. There is nothing you can do to prevent a winter power loss, but there are ways to be prepared. The same goes for a heat source malfunction.

Check out these tips to help prepare yourself for the unfortunate event of losing your heat.

  • Have Wood Ready: Always keep an emergency supply of wood. Wood needs to be dry so it can be lighted when needed, so keep it in your home or covered up.
  • Buy a Kerosene Heater: If you don’t have a fireplace or wood stove, buy a small kerosene heater. They are powerful enough to keep one room warm, and they are relatively inexpensive.
  • Heat Only 1 Room: If you lose your heat, then HVAC contractors recommend that you focus on one room only. Stay in a room farthest away from the cold; interior rooms are the best bet.
  • Make a Tent: If you lose heat, gather everyone into the same room with blankets, sheets, and towels. Make a tent and gather everyone inside. This tight space will heat with body heat.
  • Stop Drafts: Caulk any and all drafts and buy door draft blockers. This will make a huge difference if you were to ever lose heat. 
  • Have Supplies: Know where your flashlights, batteries, candles, and matches are. If you lose power in the dark, then it may be difficult to find these things.
  • Heating Contractor: Know who to call if your heat goes out. HVAC contractors can often come quickly and take care of furnace repairs. A professional heating contractor, such as Blue Dot Services of Maryland can quickly identify your problem and hopefully have your home heated again soon. At Blue Dot Services of Maryland, we are pay close attention to detail and provide fast response. Contact us in your heating crisis—for furnace repair—or in the summer, for air conditioning repair. For all your HVAC contractor needs, we are your contact. 


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