It’s wintertime. Your central heating’s on all the time keeping your home nice and warm.
Many people take their central heating for granted and are unprepared for a boiler breakdown.
In the event of a breakdown, we can usually get out to you quickly and get your boiler back up and running.
There are, however, times when gas engineers are fully booked, and you have to wait a while for them to come and fix your boiler.
Sometimes parts can be difficult to obtain (especially with old boilers), and in extreme circumstances, boilers are beyond repair.
You’re going to be without heating for a while.
You need to keep yourself and your family warm while you wait for your boiler to be repaired.
Use Electric Heaters Or Portable Oil Radiators
You may have an electric heater or a spare plug-in oil radiator lying around the house, or you may know someone you could borrow off.
Both will keep you warm (it’s probably not worth going out and buying either if you’re only going to be without heat for a few hours).
Electric heaters are expensive to run portable oil radiators are reasonably cheap to run although you probably won’t be using them for very long anyway so the cost will be negligible. Don’t leave an electric heater on all night or unattended they could pose a fire risk.
Wear Extra Clothes
Without heat, you’ll find yourself reaching for some extra clothes to keep yourself warm. Adding extra layers will retain heat. If the cold gets too much, there’s always hats, scarves, gloves and coats.
Blankets And Hot Water Bottles
Don’t fancy wearing your outdoor gear indoors? Reach for your duvet, extra blankets and hot water bottle wrap yourself up while waiting for your boiler to be repaired.
Close The Curtains, Close The Doors
Curtains and doors are the best heat retainers in the home. You’ll keep your rooms warmer by shutting your curtains and doors.
Feel a cold draught coming in from under the doors? Wrapped up towels or blankets make great temporary draft excluders.
Drink Hot Drinks, Eat Hot Food
Regular hot drinks and hot food will make you feel a lot warmer drink regular cups of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and when it’s time to eat, eat something hot.
If you can’t handle the cold, see if you can stay at a friend’s, relatives or neighbours house until your heating’s back on failing that check into a nice warm hotel.