How To Keep Your House Warm While The Power Is Out

How To Keep Your House Warm While The Power Is Out

It’s the middle of winter and there is an ice storm outside and suddenly the power flickers on and off then miraculously shuts off- now what? First off, it’s best to take preventative measures. At Accurate Heating & Cooling, we know emergencies happen and how scary it can be when the power goes out in the middle of winter. Especially Columbia, MO, residents facing harsh winters with freezing temperatures falling below zero. Accurate Heating & Cooling provides exceptional HVAC Maintenance in Columbia, Mo, and surrounding areas. Our team of expert HVAC repair technicians will alleviate your winter worries when it comes to making sure your HVAC system is working properly up to date. Prepare for the unexpected and ensure your HVAC system is in check during the cold seasons when your HVAC system is working the hardest to keep you and your family warm.

Tips to maintain heat when your power goes out during winter

Be Prepared With Pre-Winter HVAC Maintenance in Columbia, Mo

Winter weather can be unpredictable, and a power outage can mean no source of internal heat. Be prepared to invest in Winter HVAC maintenance. Keeping your unit up-to-date on all maintenance checks and inspections mean less worry the unit will fail during months of continuous use (June through September and December through March). A well-maintained HVAC unit will last longer and perform more efficiently. Did you know neglected units need to work much harder to produce the same exact amount of energy as a well-kept unit? Less energy will be used when it’s on which results in less strain on the many components of the machine. The less stress on the HVAC components means easier maintenance and inspections. The better you maintain your HVAC unit will also result in a longer life of the system. With the proper HVAC maintenance in Columbia, MO, from Accurate Heating & Cooling, a unit has the power to last. This will save you the time and money of having to purchase and install new units more frequently. In order to prevent system failures, Accurate Heating and Cooling provides only the best service technicians to keep your HVAC system running during the harsh winters and steamy summers in Columbia, MO.


Our Mid-Missouri HVAC Maintenance Plans

Purchase a maintenance plan to keep your HVAC system running its best and to prevent problems before they occur. For an annual fee of $160 Accurate Heating and Cooling will visit your home twice – once before the most strenuous seasons on your system, summer and winter. They will run system diagnostics, as well as clean, check and service your equipment, including:

  • Air filter
  • Drain
  • Humidifier
  • Condensate Pump
  • Motors (blower, inducer, condenser fan)
  • Contactors
  • Capacitors
  • Thermostat
  • Refrigerant
  • Flame Rod Sensor
  • Burners

As a valued customer, you will also be entitled to additional services:

  • Front-of-the-line priority treatment if your repairs become urgent
  • 10% off all air filters and HVAC repair costs
  • Waived overtime rates if your service is outside normal business hours

If you are looking for top-of-the-line service from professionals and a worry-free winter, Accurate Heating and Cooling is the right company to turn to for HVAC maintenance and inspections, AC tune-ups, furnace maintenance, and the professionalism you and your home deserve.

Staying Safe and Warm When The Power Goes Out

During the winter, you must be prepared for the unexpected. You never know when a harsh winter snow storm will hit and knock your power out. Furnace safety is important to keep in mind during an outage. First, do not attempt to rig the furnace to work without electricity, this is very dangerous. Only a professional from Accurate Heating and Cooling should work on your natural gas appliance. So you may ask- how do we keep the heat on then? Well, the most important safety tip I have for you to keep you and your family warm is to call in HVAC technicians to connect the furnace to a generator so that it will work when you need it! For an additional fee, Accurate Heating & Cooling provides after-hours emergency service. Service techs are on call 24 hours a day for those unbearably cold nights when you are in need of immediate repairs to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently.


Utilizing Natural Heat Sources

You never know when an ice storm will hit and you’re left with no power. The temperatures outside are frigid and slowly start to seep into your once warm and cozy home. Are you prepared with alternative heat sources until Accurate Heading & Cooling comes to fix your HVAC system? Back when there was no electricity at all, a simple fire did the trick when the cold weather struck. Luckily, we have the tips you need to stay warm when the power goes out. Consider installing a fireplace insert or purchasing battery operated space heaters that’ll keep you and your family warm and toasty while you wait for our team to come to save the day. Use fleece, down, or wool blankets to retain body heat. We also suggest pulling down the shades to provide a little extra bit of insulation from the cold.

Pro Tip: before firing up your alternative heat source, take some time to secure your home to keep as much heat in as possible. The better you prepare your home to retain heat, the less energy you will need to heat it back up. So, pick a room to heat and isolate it from the rest of the home. It takes less energy to heat up a single room versus an entire home.


If you have hardwood floors, utilize rugs to keep in the heat. Rugs are an efficient way to block out the cold and make great insulation. They also keep your home feeling warmer and cozier during the cold months! Lastly, use candles to create light and a little extra heat (more than you realize!) Candles are an essential part of your winter survival kit so make sure you always have them handy.


Lastly, one of my favorite tips – drink warm liquids! Nothing warms us up more than delicious hot cocoa in the middle of winter. Treat yourself to some hot coffee, hot chocolate, soup, or tea that will warm your body from the inside out. You may be wondering- how am I supposed to warm up something to drink when I can’t even warm my house? It’s simple – use your candle or space heater to heat up the liquid. I recommend drinking something warm every hour or more to keep your body temperature regulated until our team can come to save the day!


Call Accurate Heating & Cooling for HVAC Maintenance or Repair

When disaster strikes, we will be there for you as fast as possible. Contact us today for a free quote on HVAC maintenance and repair services in Mid-Missouri and rest assured your home will stay warm when electricity falter.

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