Winter temperatures have finally arrived in New Mexico. This time of year, if your furnace goes out, the temperature in your home can drop quickly. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can put your home at risk. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if your furnace goes out, according to the experts at Affordable Service in Rio Rancho.

You can take advantage of many alternative heating sources if your furnace crashes. Here are a few that are great at keeping things toasty.

  • Space Heater- Portable space heaters are perfect for heating smaller areas. Be careful with these, as they can be a fire hazard if not used properly.
  • Fireplace- The fireplace is a great heat source. Whether you have a gas, electric, or wood-burning fireplace, running it will help warm up your home.
  • Oven- After cooking a meal or baking, leave your oven open. This will allow warmth to disperse throughout the kitchen and surrounding areas. Never use the oven as a heating device, only the warm air after you’ve baked something.
  • Dryer- Doing laundry and using your dryer can generate heat and temporarily warm your home.

One main concern homeowners have when their furnace stops working is frozen pipes. If the inside temperatures drop below freezing, you can have major plumbing issues. We suggest opening cabinets where you have plumbing and pipes to let as much warm air in as possible before temperatures drop inside. Running faucets at a drip can also help prevent pipes from freezing.

Taking care of your HVAC system is crucial, especially in the winter. If your furnace goes out this holiday season, reach out to the team at Affordable Service. We will get your heat running in no time!