During the winter months, homeowners are more susceptible to the negative effects of utility power failures. In contrast to a summer outage scenario, where many choose to beat the heat by exposing themselves to the elements and consuming cool beverages, staying warm in the winter proves to be a bit more difficult. So, what can you do to hold the heat in until power is restored to your community? Here are a few ideas that may help:
1) Layer Up
Putting on multiple layers of clothing may seem like an obvious choice when the cold starts to creep in, but there’s a strategic science to the order in which you put on each garment:
By layering on fluffy, thicker items of clothing first and thinner more-dense clothing second, you will be able to insulate your body heat more efficiently and for a longer period of time. Also, since hypothermia is usually first experienced in the extremities, be sure to wear hats and gloves, as well as insulated socks and shoes, to keep your body warm at all times. Remember, it’s easier to stay warm than to get warm; only take off items of clothing if you are uncomfortable. Since you never know how long you’re going to be without power, keeping each item of clothing on for as long as possible is highly recommended.
2) Stock Up on Calories
Besides piling on the clothes, your body also needs energy to keep your core temperature at an optimal level. In addition to drinking plenty of water, eating foods that have high calorie and sugar levels will provide your body with the energy it needs to stay warm when temperatures drop. If you have pets, be sure to have extra food on hand for them as well!
3) Turn On the Ceiling Fan
Yes, you read that correctly; turn that fan on. As heat rises, it will often float towards the ceiling. Turning your ceiling fan on and setting it to a clockwise rotation will redirect warmer air back down to you and your family below.
4) Keep Drafts Out
Any crevice or slight opening to the outdoors provides a passageway for heat to be lost and cold air to come in. Insulate windows with plastic shrink wrap or install secondary storm windows to keep cooler air from entering your home.
If any doorway gives way to a draft, consider investing in a preventative blocker or breeze guard to keep cold air out during an outage scenario. Best of all, both of these options are a great way to save money on your heating bill when utilized throughout the winter and other cold weather scenarios.
See more tips on safeguarding your home and loved ones from the freezing temperatures when power outages render your heating system and electrical appliances inoperable this winter season.