Suppose the heat pump in your North Carolina home breaks down in the middle of the night, during an unexpected blizzard. What will you do? The most sensible course of action is to call specialists in heat pump repair in Supply NC to restore warmth in your house. While waiting for the snowstorm to stop so the repair company can drive over, however, you can do the following heating “first aid”.
Check that all windows are closed and latched; these must be airtight to keep the draft from coming in. Seal the sides with plastic and adhesive tape, or stuff openings with a shirt or towel. You may also hang heavy curtains to block off 45mph winds that are causing your temperature to drop to 10°F. Seal doors as well.
Lay down a carpet.
Insulate floors by laying a thick carpet. Its fibers act as thermal insulators that trap the air and prevent heat loss. Carpets are better insulation materials than concrete and plywood because of their higher R-value (the measurement of a material’s resistance to heat transfer).
Candles are now often used for home décor. The candle’s flame, however, is a good source of heat, with its temperature reaching around 2,6000 F. When lighting a candle, place it in a safe area—away from flammable items like curtains, clothing, paper and household chemicals. Keep the wick’s length at ¼ inch to avoid leaping flames. If lighting several candles, position them at least three inches apart to prevent flares.
If you happen to have the ingredients for a recipe you’re planning to make, and the storm has not cut the power supply, this is the perfect time to bake or cook that dream dish. The heat from the oven or stove will naturally warm the air. By constantly moving around and keeping busy, you also keep your body warm. It doesn’t matter how many dishes you end up cooking, the food will be useful for when you still can’t buy provisions.
Sealing off air circulation increases the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially if a house uses natural gas or propane. Find a way to monitor carbon monoxide levels. These tips will help homeowners manage the lack of heat in their homes while waiting for skilled technicians, such as those from Fulford Heating and Cooling, to do heat pump repair in Supply NC.