Winter is in full swing and with winter comes the risk of snow storms and power outages. Here are six tips from the experts at John A. Kinkaid Heating & Air Conditioning on how to stay warm during winter power outages.
1. Keep all windows and doors to the outside shut
It is vital that you keep all outside windows and doors shut as much as possible. So you should only leave the house if it is vitally important to prevent excess heat loss through the opening and closing of doors. Of course, you should limit travel anyway because if the power is out, the roads are probably not very safe.
2. Block drafts
Check for drafts around your doors and windows. Ideally this should be done before a power outage occurs, and any cracks should be caulked and sealed. However, if you do find a draft that was missed, covering it with a towel during the power outage will still help conserve heat.
3. Take advantage of passive solar energy
This may sound fancy, but it is really quite simple. Covering windows with black blankets during the day will help draw in the heat. By evening those blankets should be nice and toasty warm. Sleeping under them after they’ve spent the day soaking up all that heat will help ensure you stay warm overnight. Just make sure you put them back come dawn.
4. Have sufficient heat fuel for emergency heat sources
This is where having a fireplace comes in handy. Just make sure you have a supply of fuel for your emergency heat source. Make sure the room where your fireplace or stove being used is well ventilated and protect your family with battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors.
5. Block off unused rooms to conserve heat
If you only have one emergency heat source, it would be best to limit activity to the room that has the heat source. Using a fireplace to heat one room will take a lot less fuel than trying to heat an entire house.
6. Dress warm to conserve fuel
Before you go turning up the heat on your emergency fuel source, consider dressing a little warmer. Wearing a hat conserves a lot of heat, as the most body heat is lost through the top of your head. Mittens are also better at conserving body heat than gloves. Dressing in layers allows you to add or remove layers as needed to deal with fluctuating temperatures while conserving your emergency heat source.
Giving your HVAC system an annual tune-up is also important to ensure your family stays nice and cozy this winter! Contact Kinkaid in the Willow Grove area at 215-657-1262 and in the Ambler area at 215-646-5577. Or contact us online to request an appointment today. Stay warm, friends!