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What to Do When Your Furnace Goes Out in the Winter
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What to Do When Your Furnace Goes Out in the Winter

No heat in Minnesota essentially means no life—so when your furnace goes out, you know you must act immediately. The first order of business is, of course, to call for emergency furnace repair services; the pros will rush to your property to get your heating system working again and get your family’s day-to-day routine back on track.

But until then, what can you do to keep your home warm and family safe? Furnace Doctors, your Saint Paul Park Providers of furnace services, has all the answers and more below.

First, Make Sure the Furnace Is Really Out

If you’ve been investing in a seasonal HVAC maintenance plan and/or regular furnace maintenance, the issue you’re facing could very well be benign. Before calling for emergency services, you’d be wise to check that your furnace hasn’t gone out thanks to human error. For example, did something blow a fuse in your home? Is the furnace actually turned on? Is the thermostat on the correct setting—and does it work in the first place?

It’s critical to remain calm during this process, as you can easily skip over important details in a panic. Take comfort in knowing that if you’ve been caring for your furnace, it’s very rare that it’d cease to function out of the blue.

Hunker Down

Your home’s temperature probably won’t plunge dramatically if emergency services are prompt, but it never hurts to take steps to keep yourself warm, especially with Minnesotan weather being as moody as it is. Extra layers of loose-fitting clothing help you retain body heat. Heaters, when used responsibly, can do in a pinch to heat an isolated space. Be careful that they don’t become a fire danger, though; check out this article from The Red Cross to learn how to be safe with space heaters.

Finally, it’s much easier to keep a single room warm in an emergency situation than it is a full house, so we recommend gathering the family in a single space until help arrives.

Work With Windows and Drafts

If the sunlight is warm enough to provide benefit, consider opening your blinds during the day. Not only will it make a bleak situation look a little cheerier, but it also can provide your home with variable heat. On the contrary, if your home is known to be drafty, keep the blinds closed and block out air leaks with rolled-up towels.

Furnace Doctors: There on the Double When Furnace Trouble Looms

When your furnace is in our capable hands, you can rest easy knowing it’ll be running again in a jiffy. Give our Saint Paul Park office a call now at 651-789-3082.

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