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What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Your Minneapolis Home During the Winter

Jan 30 ,2020
Protect your home and family from the cold by scheduling prompt heating repairs in Minneapolis.

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Temperatures are beginning to drop and your home is starting to freeze over. Your furnace isn’t working and now you’re suffering the consequences. A Minneapolis winter is no laughing matter. It drops well below freezing at night and, without a working heater, you’re liable to catch more than just a simple cold.

When your heat goes out, knowing what to do can be a life-saver. Knowing who to call is step number one!

The Furnace Stopped — What Should You Do First?

If your furnace fails, knowing how to react to the situation can turn the tide.

If your furnace quits altogether, you will need to call an HVAC technician. Depending on your situation and their availability, most will come out in the dead of night to help. If there are seniors or a newborn in the home, most HVAC technicians will make you their top priority immediately.

If your furnace is simply failing to keep up with the cold, you may need to adjust the thermostat. Start there. Check your home’s thermostat and ensure it is, for one, set to the ‘heat’ setting. Then, adjust the temperature accordingly. If you set the thermostat too high, your system may have trouble heating the entire home efficiently. It may burn out.

Learn how to get your furnace back in working order with Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

How to Stay Warm Until the Serviceman Arrives

As we said, step number one is knowing who to call in the event of a dead or dying furnace. You’ll want an experienced HVAC technician at your doorstep quickly. Until a serviceman arrives, however, here are a few tips and tricks to endure the cold.

  • Candles — A single candle can raise the temperature in the room by a single degree. While perhaps not overwhelming warm, a candle can help to cut through the cold. If you use a clay pot, you’ll find that it retains heat quite well.
  • Baking — If you have the ingredients and you’re feeling up to the task, consider baking. By turning on the oven and keeping yourself busy, you’ll fight back the cold and forget about the chill for a time.
  • Space Heater — If you have a space heater in your home, now is the time to whip it out and plug it in. You can wrap yourself in a nice, warm blanket and sit near to the heater until help arrives.
  • Close the Drapes — Window panes are known to soak up the cold chill extremely well. To prevent transferring more frost from outdoors, close the drapes.

Schedule 24-hour heating repair with Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today. Call us at 763-412-1368!

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