Sometimes furnaces slowly wear out over time, and the process is so gradual you have plenty of time to shop around for a new furnace. In other cases, however, you wake up to find that your heating system is suddenly not blowing hot air. While you wait for an HVAC repair specialist to arrive, here are a few things you can try on your own to make things more comfortable:
Find Ways to Keep Warm
First things first, it's important to find ways to keep your family and yourself as warm as possible as your home continues to grow colder. Simply adding layers of clothing, including extra socks and a hat, will help preserve your body heat. Using hand warmers inside of gloves or feet warmers inside of socks can also make a huge difference.
Next, look for ways to increase the heat in your home without the furnace. Close the doors to any rooms you aren't using so the remaining heat doesn't dissipate as quickly. Electric or battery-operated space heaters are excellent at keeping smaller rooms warm. If your furnace is out overnight, pick up electric blankets at the store and snuggle up.
Troubleshoot Your Heating System
While you should leave the major troubleshooting and repairs to HVAC experts, there are a few simple things you can try while waiting for them to arrive. One is to double check that your thermostat is still working and doesn't need new batteries. In some cases, the thermostat's dead batteries might be the problem, which is a simpler fix than the furnace. If that's not the case, try changing your furnace filter, especially if it's been a long time. A dirty filter can prevent hot air from blowing out of the furnace and through your heating vents.
Research a New Heating System
Finally, while you are waiting, you may as well research new heating systems in case it's time for a replacement. If your heating system is very old, it may be time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system that will keep your home more comfortable. Modern technology like ductless mini-splits can both heat and cool your home for maximum efficiency.
Having your furnace suddenly go out so you have no heat on a cold winter day is a huge inconvenience, but by following these simple tips, you will be able to make the most of the situation until your furnace can be repaired or replaced.