It’s Murphy’s Law: your furnace breaks down and it’s one of the coldest days of the year. You call us for furnace repair at your Maplewood home, but we won’t be able to get there for at least another hour or two. What can you do in the meantime to keep you and your family warm? Here are a few suggestions.
- If you are waiting for furnace repair and it is daylight out, keep your curtains open. That will allow some sunlight to come through and help warm up your house. If it is dark out, close the curtains, which will help prevent the colder night air from seeping through your windows and into your home.
- Have you been meaning to bake some sweet treats for your family and other loved ones? Waiting on furnace repair gives you some time to do just that, and you can also help heat your home with the warmth coming from your oven. It’s also a great way to keep yourself distracted while you are waiting too.
- If it is safe to do so and if you have one, consider lighting a fire in your fireplace. Use the time to gather together as a family to read, chat or play cards or a board game.
- Close the doors of any unused rooms. Try to keep your family in one or two rooms too. Your body heat will help everyone stay warm, and if you have space heaters, you can use them in the rooms that are being occupied. (Never leave a space heater unattended.)
- This might sound obvious, but bundle up! Pull out as many blankets as possible, and put on coats, hats, socks and gloves too. You lose a lot of body heat through your head, so be sure you at least put on a hat to help stay warm and cozy.
- Even if you are not waiting for furnace repair, you should consider putting plastic over your windows. There are kits available at stores that give you all of the materials you need to do this job, and it is definitely a do-it-yourself project. You usually just need the kit itself and a blow dryer to get the job done.
Do you need furnace repair in Maplewood? Call Aabbott Ferraro at (651) 776-7214, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on a New Installation.