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Temporary Solutions For A Broken Heater

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Without access to a functional heater, your home could quickly become too cold to live in. If you discover that your heater isn't working, and an HVAC specialist can't make it to your property for repairs until a later date, here are two things you can do to create heat temporarily within your home.

1. Heat a single room using tea lights.

It may sound incredible, but four small tea lights can produce enough heat to keep a single room within your home at a comfortable temperature. You will need two terracotta pots (one slightly larger than the other), lots of tea lights, and a roasting pan.

Place four tea lights in the bottom of a roasting pan, and rest the trivet that came with your roasting pan crosswise across the top of the roaster so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan. Light the tea lights, and place the smaller of the two terracotta pots upside down on the trivet. Cover the drainage hole with a piece of aluminum to prevent heat from escaping, and place the larger terracotta pot over the smaller one to act as a radiator.

Using two terracotta pots allows the convection process to take place, providing heat for one of the rooms in your home. The next time you are waiting for an HVAC technician to service your furnace, try your hand at a tea light heater.

2. Create your own solar heater.

Harnessing the sun's rays to keep your home heated during the day can be simple when you create your own solar heater. Using simple materials like foam board, black spray paint, and copper pennies, you can increase the temperature in a single room within your home by at least 10 degrees.

Start by investing in two pieces of foam board from your local craft store, and use some spray adhesive glue to attach your pennies in a grid pattern along the one of the boards. Spray paint the pennies and the surface of the foam board black. Cut out the side pieces for your solar heater from the other foam board. Cut two rectangular pieces, and two trapezoidal pieces. Cut out a large vent opening in one of the trapezoids, and a smaller vent opening in the other. These vents will allow your solar heater to breathe.

Using a hot glue gun, attach the side pieces to your penny-lined foam board and reinforce with clear packing tape. Fit a piece of clear, hard plastic over the top of the box, and secure with hot glue and clear packing tape. Place the solar heater in a window that receives lots of sun, with the plastic panel facing outside. A solar heater can help you keep your home livable until an HVAC specialist can arrive to repair your heater.

Knowing some simple (and affordable) ways you can temporarily create heat if your furnace fails will help you maintain a comfortable atmosphere in your home while you wait for an HVAC specialist, such as Ricks Repair Service.