What To Do When The Heat Goes Out
When the heat goes out, call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling!
Get real, people. We live in the Chicago area. This means cold winters, really cold winters, and knowing what to do when the heat goes out. Be prepared when, not if, the heat goes out.
What to do before the heat goes out
It can take hours, even days, to get your furnace repaired or replaced. The severe cold keeps heating contractors extremely busy. Prepare yourself to live without heat before the heat goes out and ensure the safety of your family.
Before your thermostat reads close to freezing, make sure you have:
- A working carbon monoxide detector
- A space heater and
- Draft stoppers
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What to do when the heat goes out
First, call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling!! (It would be wise to put our number, (630) 444-0860, in your cell phone right now. Go ahead. Do it before the heat goes out).
While you’re waiting for Blue Frost Heating & Cooling to arrive to your rescue:
- Light the fireplace. If you have a regular wood stove or fireplace, you can use it for heat. DO NOT USE kerosene heaters, BBQ grills or any other outdoor type heaters inside your home. They create poisonous gases like the killer carbon monoxide.
- Throttle back the doors to slow down airflow.
- Pretend it’s Thanksgiving Day and run your gas oven at 375 degrees all day. (No one dies then because your oven won’t create poisonous gases).
- Open vanity and cabinet doors to prevent isolated pipes from freezing and then bursting.
- Place your space heater in the basement. Feel the cord after 5, 10 and 15 minutes to be sure it’s not warm. A warm cord is a sign of electrical problems. Switch outlets!
- Move water through the pipes. Flush toilets, run showers and sinks on warm, start the washer on warm for 30 seconds and then stop it. That’ll do it!
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Minimize the use of exterior doors.
- Use draft stoppers on leaky doors and windows.
- Dress to stay warm. Wear layers, including a sweater, sweatshirt or even a jacket. You lose heat through your hands and the top of your head. Wear gloves and a knit hat, not just a baseball cap.
- Stay out of the fridge and freezer. The food inside should stay cold for hours if the doors stay closed as much as possible.
- Snuggle in one room instead of going the cold temps alone spread out all through the house.
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