We all know just how unpredictable the weather can be here in Texas, especially in the winters. The worst-case scenario is, without a doubt, losing power. But what do you do to keep warm if you are to lose power?
Here at Champion AC, we’ve seen all matter of weather conditions and know just how to prepare for those cold temperatures. Here are a few ways to keep yourself warm during a winter blackout.
Use a Fireplace
One of the most obvious way to stay warm in an emergency, fireplaces are quite strong and can heat your home very easily. It’s important to remember that while fireplaces are great for keeping you warm, they can also be dangerous if not well maintained.
Make sure you or someone else is always present while the fireplace is lit. You also want to make sure nothing flammable is too close to the fireplace. While it’s unlikely that the fire will try to spread outside of the fireplace, a gust of wind or other disturbances can cause the fire to jump out.
Though, we are aware that not everyone has access to a fireplace in their home – do not worry, there are still many ways to help get you through a winter blackout.
The best way you can preserve your body heat is by adding as many layers as you can. Wear multiple jackets and get under a blanket to keep yourself warm. If you can, make some warm drinks too. When sleeping, apply enough blankets to keep yourself warm and if you have a sleeping bag use it as well. If you happen to have friends and family with you, don’t be afraid to get cuddled up to keep each other warm!
Seal Window and Door Leaks
Once the cold weather hits, it’s important you keep your doors closed so you can keep warm air inside. It’s also equally important you keep cold air from entering your home. Leaky windows and doors can make this difficult.
If you have any windows or doors that are leaking make sure you seal them up. If the cold weather hasn’t hit you yet, you can try to permanently fix it with caulk or weatherstripping. If you don’t have the resources to fix it, however, you’ll have to improvise.
Some items you can use include:
- Old clothes
Get a Generator
Once you lose power, there might not be much hope of electricity returning until your power company can address the issue. However, there is one way you can restore power to your home, and that’s through a generator.
There are many types of generators. Some are powerful enough to supply your entire home with electricity. However, you’ll likely want to go for a smaller, more affordable generator. Portable generators can typically produce enough electricity to keep your HVAC system going, as well as charge your phone. Finding a generator can be difficult if the blackout has already hit. It’s smart to take precautions and acquire a generator before the severe weather hits.
Retreat To Your Car
Once the blackout hits, it could be a while before your home’s electricity is restored. If you find the cold temperature unbearable, you can go to your car for warmth. Make sure you spare enough gas in case you have to leave your home for an emergency.
It’s also important that you don’t leave your car running too long inside of a closed space like a garage. Carbon monoxide can build up quickly, making the environment toxic. It’s best to only use your car for warmth as a last resort.
If you want to make sure your heater works all winter long, then contact Champion AC today. Whether you need a heater tune-up, a furnace installed, or an electrical repair, we are ready to help you with all of your electrical and air conditioning needs.
If you are located in San Antonio, contact us today!