Whether your furnace breaks down or the power goes out, it’s important to know what to do if you lose heat. The Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning experts offer our top safety tips and remind you to call us for emergency service on any system, any time at 763-473-2267.

The Heat Is Out—Now What?

Cat hiding in blankets for warmthThe moment you realize you don’t have heat, you need to find out why. Check to see if just your furnace shut down or if you’ve lost electricity altogether by testing lights and other electronics in your home. If your power is out, see if street lights are out or your neighbors’ homes look dark, too. Then use your cell phone to call your electricity company for information on when power will be restored.

If your lights and electronics work, then the problem is likely in your furnace. Call right away for emergency service to ensure the heating and cooling company gets to you ASAP. If temperatures are bitterly cold or there’s a snowstorm, it’s likely that other homeowners are experiencing problems, too, and you may be put on a waitlist.

No matter the cause of your outage, you can follow these no-heat tips to keep your family safe and warm.

Heat Your Home With Safety in Mind

The most important thing to remember is safety when it comes to heating your home. Try these warm options:

  • Fireplaces
  • Wood pellet stoves
  • Space heaters
  • Heating pads

  • Electric blankets
  • Candles
  • Lanterns
  • Sunlight

Never use your gas or electric oven or an outdoor grill—they are not meant to be used as indoor heat sources and can be seriously dangerous for your family.

Huddle Together to Minimize Heat Loss

Gather your family in one room and stay there—several people in a small space will feel warmer. You should also draw window shades after dusk to conserve as much of the sun’s warmth as possible and close doors to hold the heat in. Closing off the room also keeps the heat from an alternate heat source—like a fireplace—in, too. If you have power, use space heaters, but remember to keep them a safe distance from other household items to avoid potential fire hazards.

Layer up in More Clothing

Piling on extra layers is a must when the heat goes out. Layer up in thick, heavy sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, hats, and gloves. You should also sleep with extra layers of blankets at night. This helps keep your body heat in so you stay warmer for longer. And don’t forget about pets! Even though they typically stay warmer than we do, it’s still important to make sure your furry family members aren’t getting too cold. Put out extra blankets for them and make a space for them to lay near the fireplace or space heater where they can warm up and cool down as they please.

Call Sabre Heating for Emergency Service

Our licensed technicians are on-call 24 hours, seven days a week to fix any heating problem you have. Call 763-473-2267 right away and we’ll give you an estimated time of arrival, inspect your system, tell you what’s wrong, and recommend a repair or Bryant® system replacement to keep your family safe and comfortable all winter. You can also read through our blog on seven things you should know if your furnace breaks down.