If it is cold outside and your heater has gone out, then you want to put a call in right away to a heating contractor. However, if your area is experiencing a real cold snap, then you may find that all of the heating contractors in your area have other clients before you. While they will do their best to get to you, it can still take some time, maybe even as long as a few days. In this case, it's important for you to do everything that you can to keep the house at as comfortable of a temperature as possible until they can come out and get your heater back up and running. Follow as many of the tips as possible offered in this article to warm your house up and to stay comfortable.

Close off any downstairs areas

If you have a downstairs section to your house or you have a basement, then you want to close those areas off if it's possible. The lower parts of your house are going to be colder and that cold will travel upstairs to make your entire home more uncomfortable. In this same respect, you should also try to keep the family and any pets all gathered on the upper floors.

Seal any drafty areas

If there are any drafty areas around any of the doors or windows, then you can use towels and duct tape to quickly seal the drafts up. Also, close all of the blinds to help cut down on any draftiness that can come through single-paned windows.

Do chores that will help generate heat

Now will be a fantastic time for you to do chores that are going to help you to generate more heat in the house. If you have been putting off laundry, get it going. Put the dryer on high heat and leave the dryer door open after you remove the clothes. Pile them in the room where you are staying while you fold them so they can let some heat off in the room.

If you have been wondering what to make for dinner, you should opt for something that you bake in the oven instead of something you cook on the stove or in a crock pot. The oven can really help you to get some more heat in the house. Once you take the dinner out of the oven, leave the oven door slightly cracked open so the heat will continue to come out. Warn everyone the door is open so you don't have to worry about them bumping into it on accident.

Contact a company like Rechtin Tom Heating Air Conditioning for more tips.