Heating Your Home When the Power Goes Out

Without power, there isn’t any way to heat your home. Or, is there a solution? The best thing for you to do, before dealing with a power outage, is to identify the best ways of heating your home. Remember, that there is nothing as catastrophic as living in low temperatures. The pipes in your home can freeze and burst. This would cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs. The good news is you can keep your home heated even when a power outage occurs in very cold weather.

Auto Generator

I’ll tell you about the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your home warm when there is no power. But first, you have to be willing to invest between ten and fifteen thousand dollars on a good and permanent auto generator. Your automatic generator will switch on the moment a power outage occurs and will power up all your heating appliances in your home. It can even provide power to all the circuitry in your home through a subpanel as well as a transfer switch.

Portable Generator

If this seems to be a costly solution, then why not check out the benefits of a portable generator? This is a safe and economical solution that I would recommend to everyone. When you lose power, the portable generator that is connected to a power outlet will switch on. A portable generator is something that becomes a good source of power. It is capable of supplying enough power to heat your home until the power is restored. Portable generators can even provide electric power so that you can power up the lights and even a refrigerator. Make sure that you have sufficient fuel available to power up your generator – especially if a powerful snowstorm hits your area.

Propane Heater

I also think that investing in a propane heater is a good idea. This heater is designed especially for use within a home. If you are worried about propane being unsafe, put your mind at rest because propane is very safe. Make sure that the source of propane is always connected with your heating device outside after which, bring it into your home to prevent the propane from leaking out. Also, go for a propane heater that is rated for indoor use.

Be Creative

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I am a great fan of creativity. It can go a long way in keeping you warm during an emergency. So, use canned heat – a great indoor fuel – that is inexpensive, burns cleanly, and is easy to store. Why not create your own simple DIY heater? I recommend setting up a folding stove on which you should place a small pot upside down. Next, cover up the hole with some non-inflammable material so that heat is not able to escape. Foil is a good option.

Now, take a slightly larger sized pot and put it on top in the same manner that you did with the first pot. Take out the lid of the canned heat and put the fuel within the stove and light it up. This heat can then be sent through the pots creating a convection current that provides local heat for you. I think that this is a great option for those who are ready to be creative. It is ideal for those who do not want to invest a lot of money.

Passive Solar Heating

If you live in an area where the sun is always shining, be sure to explore another alternative method called solar heating. Use passive solar heating to fully use the energy from the sun to produce some heat. You can combine this with thermal mass to store energy and to also minimize temperature fluctuations. The best way to get the most out of solar energy is to open the blinds and drapes on the southward side of your home so that plenty of sunshine enters your home. If the sun is not out, then be sure to close the blinds or drapes to improve insulation.

Kerosene Heater

As a last resort, why not consider using a kerosene heater? It is available for use within a home but should only be considered as a last resort. This is because kerosene produces a lot of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Each is dangerous to your health and well-being. Still, you can consider using an odor-free kerosene alternative and make sure that you have enough cross ventilation for your safety.

Wood-Burning Stove

JAY, ME – DECEMBER 08: Steve Fuller of Peru feeds his new Equinox woodstove Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

For people living where there is plenty of wood available, I recommend a wood-burning stove to stay warm during a power outage situation. You should install your wood stove close to a window and also make sure you construct a pipe chimney to channel the smoke out of the home. Wood-burning stoves are great for keeping you warm and for some cooking as well. The modern variety even comes with a triple wall for added safety. It warms the cool air that is flowing downwards.

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Catalytic Gas Heater

If you are not keen on stockpiling any fuel in your home, then consider using a catalytic gas heater. This is a very efficient way to heat your home. Not only that, but it burns very cleanly. Consider using a portable catalytic gas heater that is explosion-proof. You can power it up with either natural gas or liquid propane gas. With the help of catalytic combustion, carbon dioxide and heat as well as water are produced.

Miscellaneous Solutions

If none of the above methods appeal to you, then consider moving everyone into a room. A basement is a worthy solution because it makes for easy and constant temperatures in an underground setting.

I also think that if your home has a fireplace, then you can use it to warm up your home. However, this is not the most efficient solution because most of the heat is going to escape through the chimney. It is however a great option in an emergency.

To keep yourself warm in a power outage situation, be sure to block all drafts. Also, consider preheating your home – especially if you have an advanced warning of an impending power outage. You should also remember to keep all doors shut so that no heat escapes.

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