Your home should be the most cozy and comfortable place to be when the weather outside is frightful, but don't be surprised if an outdated heat system decides that the middle of winter is a fine time to stop working. If you happen to be stuck in a house without heat in the coldest season, there are a few hacks that you should remember that will help you stay warm until new heater installation is possible.
1. Add Extra Insulation - So you may not have extra rolls of insulation hanging around, but what most homeowners have is extra blankets. Use these temporary insulators to block off areas where the cold may seep through, such as around your windows and doors.
2. Light Some Candles - Candles offer light, but they also radiate heat. If it gets too cold to bear, light several candles in a small room to produce a bit of heat to keep you and your family warm. Inverted terracotta pots over the candles can help to more evenly distribute the heat that the candles are providing.
3. Snuggle Up - If you live with people who don't mind cuddling close, you can keep each other fairly warm using your own body heat. Grab a heavy blanket and curl up in the bed together or on the sofa.
4. Get Cooking In the Kitchen - Your kitchen stove radiates a lot of heat while you cook, either on top of the stove or with the oven. Gather everyone in the house into the kitchen and block off the rest of the house while you bake up something yummy or prepare a meal.
5. Use the Power of Steam - Hot water can produce a lot of heat and if your bathroom is small enough, just running a hot shower can create a makeshift sauna. Close the door to the room and turn on the hot water alone in the shower to warm up the space with billowing steam.
6. Camp Out in the House - Containing your family in a small space can be enough to keep everyone warm, and a tent is perfect for this purpose. If it gets too cold, set up a tent in an open space and bunch everyone inside. The combination of all of your body heat radiation and the smaller space can be enough to keep you quite warm until the heat installation professional arrives.