The San Antonio area is in a warmer climate, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from winter storms. When ice storms or other severe weather hits during winter, it can leave your home without power for days at a time. Find out how you can use emergency heat to stay warm if you lose electricity from a storm.
Use Your Fireplace
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you can use it to heat up the room it’s located in. Keep in mind that your fireplace won’t heat the rest of your home, so plan on staying in the room for warmth and fire safety. If you have a gas fireplace, you might need to use a match to get it started without electricity.
Placing candles in various locations around a room can help warm it up. Just make sure that you keep an eye on all of the candles you light to reduce the risk of a fire. Never leave any candles burning unattended in another part of your home.
Cover Your Windows
Covering your windows won’t add heat to your home, but it can stop heated air from getting out. It can also prevent cold air from getting in. Put heavy curtains on the windows if they don’t have them already, or you can hang shower curtains or plastic over the windows to keep them insulated until your power comes back on.
Let the Sunshine In
Another option is to leave windows uncovered and open your blinds, shades or curtains during the day if it’s sunny out. The sun’s rays can add warmth to areas near windows. If you notice any drafts, though, seal up gaps or cracks with caulk to keep cold air out.
Do Some Baking or Cooking
If you have a gas stove, cooking or baking can temporarily provide emergency heat for your kitchen. Avoid leaving your gas stove on as a heat source, though, since this can be highly unsafe.
Make sure that your heating system is ready for winter weather. Contact Beyer Boys today to schedule maintenance or repairs at your San Antonio home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).