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Steps to Take During a Loss of Heating in Your Home

Posted on: November 7, 2016

The serious cold has yet to arrive in Durham, but now is the time to prepare your home for those freezing days. We hope you’ve already arranged for heating system maintenance from our professionals, because there is no finer way to defend your heater—no matter what type it is—than routine inspections and check-ups.

But there’s no 100% preventive cure for all heater woes. During a cold day or night, the heater may abruptly give out on you, leaving your household temporarily trapped in a deep freeze. This is uncomfortable, and if there are people in your home with special sensitivity to the cold (infants, the elderly, the chronically ill) you will need to do something to supply warmth in the meantime. Here’s our advice.

  • Call for emergency repairs: Before you do anything else, put in a call to a 24/7 emergency HVAC repair company. We have the technicians standing by to provide the service that will fix your heater.
  • Seal off the house from the outside: This means closing all the windows and doors and making certain they are secure. Also draw the drapes and curtains, which form another layer to help trap the indoor heat.
  • Close off empty rooms: The purpose of this is to prevent the dissipation of heat to areas where it is not needed. Upper floor rooms are the most important, since this is where rising heat will attempt to escape.
  • Use the fireplace: That decorative fireplace will now make whatever room it’s in into a sanctuary. (We also service fireplaces, by the way, if you need your hearth improved.) Have the people with the greatest need for heat moved into the room with the fireplace.
  • Bundle up: We hope this is obvious, but now is the time to don the sweaters and jackets.
  • Bake or cook something delicious: Snack time! Make cookies or a cake. There’s a very good reason to go into baking right now—aside from yummy snacks that will lift spirits. The oven and stove are terrific sources of extra heat.

Bud Matthews Services offers 24/7 heating repair service in Durham, NC.

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