When it comes to staying warm during those freezing winter months, nothing can better serve your needs than a central heating system. A gas heating system could be the one thing that makes your life infinitely easier; so much so that perhaps you won't even notice the chilling cold weather that is occurring beyond the confines of the walls of your home. Having said that, there may be times that your heating fails. It's important to know what to do if a situation like that ever arises, as it can mean the difference between freezing your buns off and staying nice and toasty. Throughout the course of this article, you'll learn about ways to stay warm when your heating fails.

Block The Wind

This should be the first step you take if your heating fails, as with wind chill, a temperature can drop a huge amount. Although you may believe yourself to be adequately warm within the confines of walls and insulation, keep in mind that these are not 100% perfectly sealed off. Rather, there are pockets of air that can make your way into your house through a variety of ways, from open doors to windows that are not particularly sealed well. As such, this should be your first step. Make sure that all doors and windows are closed tightly and all of them are adequately sealed. Windows tend to pose a big problem in this regard. Added sealant can be added to windows and one of the best insulation-based practices you can do for windows is also quite simple: you can place plastic over the windows.


It is important to know the status of the insulation in your home. If you live in a newer home, then chances are you have adequate insulation already installed. However, if you live in an older home, your insulation may be inadequate or it might be the case that insulation is not installed inside of your walls at all. One of the most important areas of a home to keep insulated is the attic (as well as your ceiling). The reason why you should always keep your attic well insulated is that heat rises and when heat rises, it tends to escape. By keeping your attic (and your ceilings) adequately insulated, you are ensuring that you are trapping as much heat within the confines of your house as you possibly can.


It's time to take you back to the Stone Age. What was the first amazing source of heat for people of yore? Fire, of course! If you have a fireplace, light a fire and close all the doors that lead into the room that houses the fireplace.  If you don't have a fireplace, you can light a few candles for extra warmth. Candles are a great source of producing fire and therefore heat.

It may not sound like lighting candles would generate much warmth, but it is believable: enough candles lit will produce enough heat to keep you warm as long as you keep the candles lit in an enclosed room.  For added heat from a candle, place it underneath a hanging, upside down flower pot. The flower pot will soak up the heat and create a stand-alone heater. Just because the central heat in your house is out does not mean that candles can't provide you with the warmth that you so desperately need.

Just because the heat in your house isn't working doesn't necessarily mean that you are without warmth. Hopefully, this brief article has informed you of a few of the ways in which you can beat the frigidity of the outside world without the help of a central heating system. Check out a company like Summers and Smith Cooling & Heating Limited for more information.