How to Stay Warm When Your Furnace Stops Working

Whether you have a modern HVAC system or an older heating system, you expect that system to keep you warm on cold winter days and throughout the rest of the year. If your furnace unexpectedly stops working though, you may be at a loss. It can cost hundreds of dollars to repair that furnace and thousands or more to replace it. If you don’t have the money on hand to fix the problem right away and still want to keep your family warm, there are some simple things you can do.

Layer Up

Wearing multiple layers is one of the best ways to stay warm. Dress inside your home the same way you would to spend a day outside. Wear a thin pair of socks on your feet with a thicker pair on top, and cover your feet with slippers or shoes. Pair a thin and lightweight tee shirt or tank top made from cotton with a slightly thicker tee shirt and a sweater or sweatshirt on the very top. You may want to wear leggings or yoga pants under your pajama bottoms too.

Invest in a Portable Unit

If you don’t have the money to repair or replace your furnace, look at portable heating and air units. These units cost less than a new furnace would and provide two different functions. You can use the unit as an air conditioner on hot days and as a heater on cold days. While portable units won’t completely replace your furnace, one of these units will provide more heat than a small heater would. You can even buy a few units to use in common areas of your home like the living room and dining room.

Install Window Film Kits

One reason your home might feel so cold is because you have older windows that let in more drafts, which bring down the temperature of your home. Gaps between the window panes and window frame or cracks in the glass can all make your home feel like an igloo. Window film kits come with lightweight plastic covers that fit over the glass to block out those cold drafts. The kits are available in designs suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Even if your furnace stops working, you can make your house feel toasty and warm with window film kits, portable units and wearing multiple layers of clothing.

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