During extreme winter storms, it is possible for your home heating system to develop some mechanical problems or be inoperative for a quite long time. In addition, it is good to know that some alternatives of heat source can be harmful or deadly especially when handled inappropriately. So, after that has happened, how are you going to make and keep yourself warm over that period? Well, this is how to stay warm if the heat goes out:
Reduce possible health problems and discomfort during this period – This is the first thing you should if there is a blackout or if your heating systems become inoperative during winter season. You can start by putting on more clothing in order to conserve your body heat and if the cold comes extreme, consider going to bed since it is the warmest place to be in the house. In bed, use extra covers and blankets in trapping body heat. In fact, this can be best for keeping kids warm.
Use alternative source of heat – To improvise or to find an alternative source of heat is another way you can keep warm if the main heat source goes out during cold seasons. The possible alternatives may include space heater, fireplace, oil or gas heater, catalytic camp stove, wood, and so on. As alternative materials for source of heat include newspaper, firewood, camp stove fuel, wood chips, magazines, corncobs and kerosene. With these alternatives of heat source, it is possible to keep yourself and your house warm. However, it is important to know the type of heat source to use as an alternative because some of them may be dangerous such as gas and fuel when used near other flammable substances.
An efficient increase of available heat – Increasing the efficiency of the available heat as well as closing off the rest of the rooms in your house leaving the only one to be heated is another great way to keep warm when the heat goes out during cold seasons. However, you need to consider some factors when choosing a room to heat. For instance, if you want to use a space heater, or vented stove, it can be ideal if you choose a room with a chimney or stove flue. It is therefore important to confine your emergency heat to a small place and try to choose a room with utmost heat in your house and that, which is away from the prevailing winds. Also, avoid rooms without insulated walls and large windows.
While considering some of these alternatives to keep warm when the heat goes out during cold seasons. It is also important to be aware that there is a great danger that comes with fire, carbon monoxide poisoning or lack of oxygen. Always select an alternative source of heat that best suits you by considering all necessary safety measure in your house.