There may be a chill in the air outside, but you want your home to be warm and cozy even in the coldest winter evenings. What happens when the temperatures start to drop inside your home? Nobody wants to brave a cold New Jersey night without their trusty furnace, boiler, or heat pump. Your first impulse may be to reach out to the heating experts at Heating Specialties of South Jersey. Emergency service is available 24/7 when you call Heating Specialties. Check out our troubleshooting tips and ideas for keeping warm while waiting for the heat to come back.
Look for the easy fixes
Don’t panic until you have a reason to panic. Sometimes your heating troubles can be quickly addressed. If you’re not feeling the heat, round up the usual suspects:
- Is the furnace on? Sometimes you accidentally nudge the thermostat down too low, and it doesn’t kick on automatically. If the thermostat is set correctly, check the switch on the side of the furnace. It usually looks like a light switch and should be placed in the “on” position.
- Open the fuse box and ensure you didn’t trip a breaker or blow a fuse.
- Check the power in the neighborhood. You may be distracted by the cold air at home and miss that your lights are off and the neighbors are having the same problem.
Stay warm while you wait for help
If you can’t find an apparent reason for the heat to be off, it’s time to call Heating Specialties of South Jersey at (866) 923-2653. In the meantime, there are specific steps you can take to combat the cold inside your home:
Close all doors and windows. Even a cracked window can make a difference when it’s cold outside. Use blankets or towels around your doors to block out drafts. But keep the curtains open over any windows facing the sun so that Mother Nature can give you a little heating help.
Pull out the sweaters and blankets. Don’t worry about looking like a marshmallow – go ahead and throw a sweatshirt over a shirt that you’re wearing over your thermal underwear. Layers are more effective at retaining body heat.
Stay in one or two rooms. Tell the family they’re going to get a lesson in togetherness. If you have a room with a fireplace, build a fire and make this the central gathering place. Are your stove and oven still working? Now is a great time to bake a lasagna or other big batches of comfort food to feed your body while enjoying the radiating warmth of the appliance.
Seek shelter if necessary
It’s OK to say you don’t want to be uncomfortable in your home. Consider staying with a friend or family member or treat yourself to a hotel room until Heating Specialties can tackle the issue.
This goes double for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems or other health conditions.
A home without heat calls for emergency action. Our experienced HVAC technicians will determine the problem and restore your New Jersey home to cozy comfort. Contact Heating Specialties at (866) 923-2653 or reach out online.