What to Do When the Heat Goes Out in Elmhurst Prior to Furnace Repair11/04/2015You’re in the middle of the most frigid week of winter and you wake up shivering in a pile of blankets in bed. The first thought to go through your head is, “Why in the world has my furnace not kicked on?” Of course, you don’t want to leave yourself in a predicament like this where it feels like you’re predestined to suffer until morning to set up furnace repair, but there are a handful of things you can take a look at, as well as a handful of things you can do, to stay ready and prepare for a predicament like this. Before You Experience Problems: Furnace service. Chilly nights and furnace repair can’t always be avoided, but having annual furnace service completed can help you avoid a chilly morning. Compile supplies. Set aside some room in a closet, drawer or another handy area for blankets, a space heater, gloves, hats and any number of other accessories to keep you warmed up while your furnace is out. It could seem inconvenient or unnecessary now, but it will come in handy when you need it most. After You Suspect Your Furnace Quit Working: Check the circuit breaker. There’s a chance that the breaker to your furnace may have been tripped by a power surge or for some other reason. If this is the case, flip the breaker back on and you might be set. If the breaker is tripped and you have switched it back on but your furnace still isn’t working, give us a call to arrange an appointment for furnace repair. Layer on and get cozy. That list of supplies we recommended above will come in handy here. Layers can help you preserve body heat so you can stay cozy while waiting for your pro. Also, try to find something active to do to keep your blood pumping, as increased activity can help keep you warm. Stay safe. Using something other than your furnace to heat your home can pose potential danger depending on the method you’re choosing. It’s important to remember to never utilize heating methods designed for outdoor use – i.e. kerosene heaters, grills, or any other carbon monoxide producing methods. If you need to use another method, electric space heaters, fireplaces or wood stoves are your best bets. No one wants to have an encounter with furnace repair in the middle of winter after their furnace has gone out, but the possibility is real if you don’t take the correct steps. Give the experts at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 630-833-1100 if you have any questions about these tips, the furnace repair services available or any other number of heating questions. Or if you’d rather, schedule an appointment online today.