This winter has been bitterly cold, and that has caused a lot of unexpected wear and tear on furnaces all throughout the Schenectady, NY area. Unfortunately, when your furnace runs harder than normal, it’s more likely that you could experience a breakdown. At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we’re available 24/7 for furnace repair services in Schenectady, NY, and will make an emergency trip out to help you, but until we get there you will want to conserve the heat you still have. Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for a heating emergency.
Make an action plan.
If polar weather is in the forecast for Schenectady, NY, make sure you’re prepared in case of an emergency. Do you have some other heat source besides your furnace available, like an electric space heater or a kerosene-fueled heater? That being said, have you had your furnace maintained this year? Preventive maintenance is far cheaper than a major furnace repair, so consider it.
Give your furnace a break.
Another part of planning is giving your furnace a little help during the winter months. Close off heat ducts to rooms that are usually unused. Heated areas should be well insulated and as far away from the windy “cold” side of the house as possible. Consider using heavier drapes on your windows during the winter months, too.
Gather your arctic wear!
In the event that the furnace in your Schenectady, NY home breaks down, don’t panic. Collect the heavy garments, blankets, and materials that will keep you warm. Your bulky winter clothes will come in handy, as will sleeping bags, large towels, and even drapes and curtains. Bed is the warmest place to stay, underneath lots of covers and with other family members to conserve body heat. Cuddle up while you wait for your furnace repair!
Be proactive in the event of a breakdown.
In the event that you lose heat in your Schenectady, NY home, make sure to drain the water from any pipes that might freeze. The frozen water expands as it becomes ice and can crack the pipes, making an even bigger mess once they thaw. If you can’t drain them, open the taps enough to keep a steady drip of warm water running through the line.
In the event of a heating crisis, give Family Danz a call. We can help you with any emergency furnace repair services you may need, and can give you tips on how you can help your family stay safe and comfortable until help arrives. We are a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor, offering sales and service all throughout the Schenectady, NY area. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us at 518-427-8685.