How to Stay Warm When Your Heater Breaks Down

No one likes to think about their heater breaking down, especially in the cold of winter when we need it the most. But breakdowns do happen, and while Newport heating repair services can move quickly, you still need some way of keeping warm until they get there. You can combat some of it by dressing warmly and making sure all doors and windows are sealed. If you have a fireplace, there’s another quick solution. In addition, here are a few tips on how to stay warm when your heater breaks down.

  • Shut all the doors to rooms you’re not using. You and family members (including pets) generate body heat. The smaller an enclosed space you can occupy, the warmer it will feel. Try to limit your activities to just a single room, and if you can snuggle on the couch with a pet or a family member, so much the better.
  • Exercise. The more you move around, the more blood you’ll circulate and the more body heat you generate. If you have exercise equipment, use it. If you don’t try doing some push-ups or jogging in place.
  • Cook something. The stovetop generates heat and can help warm the whole house up in the process. Try to cook some stew or soup: something that involves a lot of time on the stove or in the oven. (Having said that, you should NEVER use the oven or stove solely as a source of heat; that’s dangerous.)
  • Put down a rug. That helps keep heat from leaking out through the floor, as well as keeping your feet warmer than they would be on tile or wood.

In addition to those steps, you can exercise preventative measures by adding insulation to your attic and having a service technician perform routine maintenance on your heater. If it does break down, don’t hesitate to call Greater Comfort Heather & Air Conditioning Inc. We service all of Newport, heating repair is our specialty and we can give more advice on how to stay warm when your heater breaks down as well as fixing your heater lickety-split. We offer 24-hour emergency service, so with us, you won’t have to wait long. Pick up the phone and call us today!