As Winter weather rips through the nation, with cold weather and snow advisories, warning about the dangers of the cold fronts heading towards most the country are in full force, it appears to be a good time to run through options to keep warm.
Many use gas, which is extremely expensive. Others electricity, which again running 24/7 costs and arm and leg, figuratively.
Whether looking for ways to stay as warm as possible for as little as possible, or preparing for possible electrical outages, there are a number of tips, tricks and methods to keep warm affordably.
As we go through different options, from Do-It-Yourself projects to more common methods, any links provided for cold weather products have all been weeded through to choose only those products that can be delivered within a week, as to not be "too little, too late."
A: A gas fired, forced air home furnace typically requires a small amount of electricity to ignite and operate in your home. Most gas heat furnaces use less than 600 watts of electricity, or less than half of a typical 15 amp electric circuit. The gas furnace uses this small amount of electricity to power the blower or fan part of the furnace which circulates air in the house, and also powers the draft inducer fans to safely push the exhaust fumes out of the house.
There are differences in the electric power needed for gas-igniters for furnaces and appliances. Some gas appliances have electronic igniters which make a “ticking” sound and use small amounts of electricity, other glow plug types of igniters draw a lot of current to stay glowing hot while the gas appliance operates. Many portable electric generators are more than enough to run your gas furnace when the electricity is properly and safely connected to your furnace, usually by an electrician.
The type of generator is dependent on how many appliances you want hooked up, so the variety below includes smaller and larger one.
NOTE: All products listed below have a delivery date of February 12, 2021:
Some use fireplaces to keep their rooms/homes warm, but not everybody has a fireplace, so there are a number of other options available that are highly effective in keeping your space warm and snuggly.
Propane and Kerosene heaters are two options that are utilized across the country, although it is important to remember to get the propane tanks, connectors or Kerosene, otherwise you have a pretty little waste of space sitting there in front of you that provides absolutely no warmth.
There are also a number of projects that can be done at home, with very little work or materials, that can keep you warm, and even cozy dependent on how many you use, how close you are to them and if you designate one room to create your "warm space."
Candles can be dangerous as a fire risk, especially if one falls asleep while it is lit, but there is a way to use them effectively for heat and do it safely.
Using some stacked terracotta pots and a couple of candles, one can keep an entire room comfortably warm. The candles can be replaced with something like Sterno, but the concept is the same either way. Using fire to heat terracotta flower pots, which radiates throughout the room.
Rather than explaining step by step, a short video below shows how to make a basic candle heater in a safe manner. The four hour test below gives a good idea how to make them, how to use them, how to be safe in the simple construction and how effective they are.
Another point which was brought up in the comment section earlier from JoeJoe, is the use of wool blankets around your home. On any floor without a carpet, those wool blankets will help keep a room warmer. For homes without the best of insulation, those blankets on the windows, towels under the doors to stop even that little draft from getting in, can make a huge difference to how long your method of heat lasts in your home, or warm rooms.
BODY HEAT - LAYERING WINTER WEAR
No matter what kind of heater you buy or make, when the freeze hits, the most basic of methods to keep warm is body heat. Layering your clothing to trap your body heat in, warm socks, a beanie to keep your head warm.
To many who were born in cold climates, this is a no-brainer, but for those of us that grew up in warm or hot climates, who never even saw snow before, this is a concept that is actually foreign and one that must be learned.
I speak from experience here.
After living in Miami, Florida, and Arizona, keeping warm consisted of a light-weight jacket at nights during the Winter.
That was it.
Moved to Western Maryland, tried putting on a jacket and going outside in the snow, and was shaking with cold within minutes.
As brutally cold weather slams the United States, keeping warm can quite literally be the difference between life and death, so learning how to keep warm and safe, even with a loss of electricity, is absolutely critical.
As always, readers are encouraged to share heating ideas, links, tips, resources and videos to help keep each other warm.
Last but not least, the beginning of title comes from a Christmas song that absolutely makes heads explode on the left...... so just for giggles, "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
Sorry, just couldn't resist!
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