What To Do If Your Heat Goes Out This Winter?

Feb 18, 2022 | Blog, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Lewis Center, Lewis Center-Powell, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Powell, Repair, Thermostat, Tips & Tricks, Winter

Many questions will come to mind for several homeowners during the winter months. Here are a few questions we’ve collected over the years that we want to help answer. How do you keep your home well-heated without running up your energy bill? What happens if my heat goes out when it is below zero?  If there is an emergency, many homeowners believe that all you can do is sit and wait it out; however, we are here to change that narrative for you. Your friends at Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air have some tips and tricks to help you and your family if your heat goes out in the dead of winter. Not to mention several ways to help homeowners save money along the way.

If My Heat Goes Out, What Should I Check First?

If your heat goes out, it is a possibility that it could be small and an easy fix. First, you can check your circuit breakers and thermostat. However, if you have a battery-powered thermostat, you will want to check to ensure your batteries are operating efficiently. If not, you’ll want to switch them out for new ones. Another thing you can do is to check the settings on your thermostat and perform a hard reset. Suppose you’ve checked off everything on this list. In that case, you’ll want to call to schedule an appointment with our service professional. However, in the meantime, keep reading below for a few more helpful tips and tricks to get prepared for the cold temperatures ahead, as well as ways to keep you, your home, and your family warm until one of our handy service professionals can come out to help.

How Do I Keep Cold Air Out?

If your furnace goes out, you will need to investigate your house by checking all windows and doors, ensuring no cold air or drafts are creeping in. The next thing you can do is seal off any cracks that you may have in your windows. Finally, you can take a trip to your local hardware store to find door or window seals to cover the draft from coming in. However, if you need to save money and you’re in a pinch, you can use rolled-up towels underneath the doors in your home. 

How Can I Keep My Home Warm?

Thankfully, you can use many different techniques around your house to keep warm if your furnace goes out. For example, you can use your oven for baking a pie or cookies and create a few activities for your entire family to do in one room. This will keep all of your body heat in one place at a time. Another thing you can do is shut all the doors in the rooms you aren’t using; this will allow the heat to rise in other places. And finally, you can buy a space heater to keep you warm as long as your electricity isn’t out as well. Lastly, don’t forget you can always dress cozy with lots of layers and blankets until help is on the way. 

How Can I Save Money While Keeping My Home Warm?

You can save money by only buying one portable space heater, making sure it is cost-effective, and being used to heat only one room. Remember that buying multiple space heaters can mean a bigger electric bill later. Now, we know the next question would be what kind of space heater should I buy? The type you get will always depend upon the features you want and how big you want it. Our experts suggest aiming for one with multiple safety features and one big enough to heat an entire room. In addition, if you are running an old furnace, chances are you’re burning more energy than you need to be. So, you may want to check the age of your furnace and if it is too old, make it a priority to invest in a brand-new furnace. 

However, if your heat goes out in the dead of winter, this is deemed as an HVAC emergency. Therefore, we advise you to call Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air today at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We hope you can utilize some of these helpful tips and tricks, and you can feel good knowing what to do if your heat goes out this winter!

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