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10 Ways to Keep Warm when your Furnace Fails

Imagine: It’s a cold wintery Winnipeg day, you’ve been out with the family, and you’re eagerly thinking about going home to prop up your feet and enjoy a warm sofa and watch your favorite Winnipeg jets play. You open the door and it’s strangely cold and quiet inside.

After a quick inspection, you notice that your furnace has gone out. When you call your local heating contractor to get your furnace running again, you’re coldly told the technician can come out tomorrow between 8am to 12pm, or 12pm to 4pm. Really??(tip: Tradesman offers a true after-hours emergency furnace repair service).

So… what can you do to keep warm while you are waiting for service?

Here are a few things you can do to stay warm:

  1. Grab a heating blanket or cozy up with a pet or a buddy.

  2. Turn on any small electric heaters (make sure they are safely connected)

  3. Light up that fireplace(if you have one)

  4. Turn on some lites. They all produce a little heat.

  5. Cover up any windows since they allow the most heat loss.

  6. Layer up with some extra clothing. Hats are a great heat saver!

  7. Brew up a hot beverage and relax!

  8. Candles produce heat as well but never leave them unattended.

  9. Put on some tunes and keep moving, try dancing or do some exercise!

  10. Turn on the oven and do some baking. Tip: If you don’t want to cook, leave the oven door cracked open for extra heat.

These are just a few fun and creative ways to keep your space warm while your furnace is out. You should plan with your family members for what to do if there is a furnace problem. If everyone does their part, keeping your home warm can be relatively easy to accomplish.

While furnace outages can be made to be fun, breakdowns can also be costly. The best way to reduce the chances of furnace outages is to have it professionally serviced every year. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Call Tradesman today for a convenient appointment for a Gas or Electric Furnace tune-up! 204-888-2020

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