How To Heat Your Home When The Power Goes Out

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How To Heat Your Home When The Power Goes Out

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How To Heat Your Home When The Power Goes Out 

 
Unfortunately, the winter elements can wreak havoc on the outdoors. Whether a car crashes into a power line or a tree falls, you may find yourself without power to your home. It doesn't take long until the freezing temperature sets in. There are various ways that you can help to preserve the existing heat in your home until the power comes back on.
 

Invest in a Generator

 
The easiest way to stay warm during a power outage in the wintertime is to invest in a whole home generator. This generator is perfect for running various systems in your home, like your heating. With this system, you might hear some slight buzzing noises during operation. With a whole-home generator installed by an electrician, you don't have to worry about much.
 

Use Your Fireplace

 
If you have a fireplace in your home, you can use it as a backup source of heat until your electricity comes back on. It's always a good idea to have some wood ready to burn and some fire starters nearby. Realize that your fireplace is something you only want to be heating when you're at home. It's not recommended to let it burn when you're not at home, as it can turn into a large fire hazard for your home.
 

Let the Sunlight In

 
One great natural source of heat is the sun. If your home has windows that allow direct sunlight to come in, you should open up those curtains or blinds. Direct sunlight can actually heat up your home a good 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
 

Focus on Keeping the Cold Out

 
A home that is well-insulated will hold heat for days. One of the best ways to ensure that your home stays warm during a power outage is to invest in great insulation. This means closing up air gaps by the doors and windows of your home. An HVAC professional can assist you in determining where these air gaps are and how to close them off.
 
Any electrician can tell you that cold air can enter via your exterior wall outlets and switches. Have insulation around your outlets to prevent cold air from entering your home. It's not recommended to try and insulate your outlets and switches on your own. Rather, a licensed electrician will be able to handle these areas. They have the tools and expertise to prevent any potential fire hazards.
 

Call Us Today

 
If you want a whole-home generator or want to upgrade your existing heating system, then it's time to give us a call. Our HVAC technicians and electricians can help you with all your household needs.
 

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