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What to do if your furnace broke down

Being left with no heat when your furnace broke down in the freezing months of the Canadian winter is a nightmare for anybody.

What to do if your furnace broke downEven if you take good care of your home’s heating system and have annual furnace inspections, it is still a possibility for your heating system to fail on you. In a situation like this one, your best choice for a quick solution is to call a heating company, like DeMark Home Ontario.

DeMark Home Ontario is here to provide you with fast and reliable service for all of your heating and cooling needs. We know the struggle of dealing with the cold winter months when your furnace broke down, so no matter what day or time, we are always here to solve our customer’s problems. If you’re ever in a heating or cooling crisis and are in need of help from trained technicians, make DeMark Home Ontario your first call to receive a quick and easy solution to any of your problems.

If your furnace broke down, staying warm in the winter time might be difficult. Here’s a list that we compiled of various tips and tricks of how to keep warm until a DeMark Home Ontario technician arrives.

Light a fire: If your problem isn’t resulting from a power outage, use a gas or wood fireplace to light a fire to provide light and warm to your home.

Light a candle: A candle can produce more heat than you’d imagine from its small size. Lighting one or multiple candles in your home can make a big difference and will keep you warm. To use candles safely and avoid the risk of a fire, remember to not leave lit candles in an unattended room.

Close your windows tightly: With your windows sealed airtight, it will be harder for heat to escape your home and for the cold air from outdoors to get in.

Seal your doorways : Cold air can get inside your home from the small space between the door and the floor, which is why you may feel a draft when standing next to a door. To prevent this from happening, place a towel at the bottom of the door to prevent the cold air from coming inside.

Close off all unused rooms: If it isn’t necessary to leave the door to a room open, close it to create another barrier between yourself and the cold winter air.

Close in all rooms being used: Any rooms that are being used by yourself or your family can stay warm trapping the warm air inside those rooms. You can do this by hanging up blankets or sheets in the doorways to trap the heat inside the room.

Use drapes and curtains to your advantage: During the day when there is sunlight, leave the drapes or curtains open to let the sun warm up your home. When the sun goes down, close your curtains or drapes to keep the heat inside. Heavier curtains can prevent drafts from coming through the cracks of the window seals and letting in cold air. A more advance trick for using your curtains to your advantage is to create a seal from the cold air by attaching velcro to both the curtain and the wall so that less warm air can escape your home and less cold air can enter.

Stay bundled up: The most obvious tip would be to wear a lot of layers, whether that be three pairs of socks or two sweaters, stay bundled up to stay warm. A lot of your body heat leaves your body through your feet, hands, and head. These body parts should especially stay covered to maintain a higher body temperature.

Make a warm treat: Your furnace isn’t the only appliance in your home that produces heat, the oven can also keep the kitchen warm if it’s being put to use. Make yourself and your family a tasty warm treat like a batch of cookies, brownies, or whatever it may be to keep the kitchen warm and give your family a delicious warm treat. If you’re all out of ingredients, a warm drink like a cup of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea will also do the trick.


If your furnace broke down and you’re looking to replace it or schedule annual maintenance, call DeMark Home Ontario to speak with a heating and cooling expert who can help solve your problems. Our team of highly trained and experienced technicians will examine your furnace issues and provide you with the best solution to bring warmth and comfort back into your home. Call DeMark Home Ontario today at 647-847-2998 or submit your request online.


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