If you're worried that your heating system may fail in the middle of the night, stop and rest easy. You can take steps to protect your family right now. Although you can call your heating repair technician for emergency services, he or she may not come until the morning, especially if the weather's too dangerous to travel in. Here's what you can do to keep your family warm during an emergency situation.
Buy a Humidifier and Space Heater
A humidifier and space heater can work together to keep you warm during a heating system failure. A humidifier is designed to create moisture in the air of your home. It works similar to the air outside your home during different seasons. For example, during the summer, the air inside your home becomes humid and hot because the temperatures outdoors rise or become higher. During the cold season, the temperatures outdoors lower, which makes your home feel cold and drafty. You can create the humid air of summer in your home.
Air contains different water molecules or vapors that make it warm or cold. When the air in your home gets too cold, the water vapors inside the air decrease or evaporate. When the air heats up in the room, the water vapors increase. Placing a space heater in the same location as the humidifier can help the water vapors inside the humid air increase.
Choose a Room to Place Your Humidifier and Space Heater
You want to create as much humidity as possible when your heating system goes out. To do so:
- Place the humidifier and space heater in a medium-sized room. A larger room can take longer to humidify and warm up than a medium-sized space can. A small room isn't safe to place a space heater. The heater can cause a fire if it heats up flammable materials like your bedding and curtains.
- Cover up every window in the room with a blanket or sheet of plastic. If the heat produced by the heater travels to the glass of the windows, it can evaporate once it touches the cold surfaces of the glass.
- Keep the room's door slightly open as a safety measure for accidental fires.
Try to select an electric space heater that comes with an automatic shut-off switch. The switch turns the heater off when it gets too hot. Also, select a small heater that fits comfortably in the room without being too close to you, your family or the objects in the room.
If you need more help with your emergency plans, contact a heating specialists, such as one from Kook & Son Inc. The repair technicians may visit your home and check for possible problems before they become emergencies in the first place.