The good news is that in the middle of winter, furnaces are pretty reliable. However, chances are if your furnace is going to break down it will happen right in the dead of winter and probably in the middle of a snow storm! Have you ever thought about what you’d do if you were stuck in the cold with a malfunctioning furnace?

Furnaces that have been poorly maintained are more likely to malfunction. If your furnace suddenly breaks down, you can stay warm until you get help with some of these tips:

  • If you have one, fire up the fireplace. As long as your chimney is in good shape, burning a log or two will help you keep warm throughout the night.
  • Let as much sunlight in during the day as you can so that the sun can naturally warm your home. At night, close your curtains to keep some of that collected warmth in.
  • Close off unused rooms and focus on heating only a few rooms. Furnaces that are malfunctioning may at least be able to heat one or two rooms well enough until you can have your furnace serviced, but asking a malfunctioning furnace to heat a whole house might be too much to ask.
  • Bake some cookies! Turning on the oven will help you heat up the house as well as provide you with the bonus of delicious baked goods to keep the cold at bay.

Furnaces can be finicky. That’s why it’s so important to have them regularly serviced and maintained. If your furnace is giving you trouble, call us at Acosta Heating and Cooling in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’re experts at installing, maintaining, and repairing furnaces in residential and commercial buildings and provide 24/7 emergency service. Call us today to have a technician come and look at your furnace!