Stuck inside with a broken furnace? If so, you may be looking for ways you can stay warm until help arrives to fix your busted HVAC system. However, there are some things that you should and should not do when trying to stay warm, such as:
Things To Do
These are good ideas that will help keep you or your home warm
Use the Oven
Your home's oven puts off a lot of heat, so now is the time to make those dishes that require the oven to be on for a long time. Things like casseroles, lasagna, and large roasts will take a long time to prepare and create some heat in the process. This can put off some heat to help keep you warm while in the kitchen.
Wear a Hat
There is a myth that people lose most of their body heat through their head. The truth is that body heat will escape from anywhere that is not covered, and it is most likely to escape from the head because it is not covered while indoors. Don't be shy about putting on a winter hat to keep that heat in your body rather than let it escape.
Seal Your Doors and Windows
Anything you can do to stop cold air from coming into your home will help. That is why you will want to go around your home and seal up any place where cool air is coming in. Throw towels underneath door jams to prevent the drafts from coming in at your entrances. Put blankets over your windows to create a barrier for cold air.
Things Not To Do
Stay away from these ideas that will actually make you colder.
Drinking Hot Beverages
You may feel like that hot drink is warming you up, but it can have an opposite effect on the body. That is because hot beverages make us sweat, which cools off the body. You may feel warm in the moment that you are drinking, but afterward, you will feel cold again.
Taking a Hot Shower
Another idea that feels good in the moment is taking a hot shower. The problem is what happens when you leave the shower and start drying off. Body heat and water start evaporating from the body, which makes you feel colder as soon as the water stops hitting your skin. You are better off not getting into the shower unless you have to.
Contact your local heating repair services for more information and assistance.