Residential heating services often include repair, maintenance, and installation. They may also include the delivery of heating oil or gas. If you run out of heating oil or gas, your home is likely to be quite chilly. If you run out right before your fuel delivery date, you can still warm your home in less conventional ways. Here are three appliances that frequently elevate the temperature of your home.
If your dryer is on the first floor of your home, you may not have noticed how hot it gets when your dryer is running. Now that your home is chilly, running several loads of laundry will help warm things up. The heat that a dryer radiates can extend throughout the house and even rise to the bedrooms located overhead.
Back in the olden days, women used to cook outside during the summer months. They also established a "summer kitchen" and a "winter kitchen" to reduce the amount of heat in the home when it was already hot and increase heat when it was cold. People no longer have two kitchens, but running your stove to cook in the colder months will definitely heat up your home. Just be sure that you are A) actually cooking something, and B) that you only run an electric oven and not a gas oven for this dual purpose.
Sounds crazy, does it not? Yet, dishwashers exude a lot of heat, especially if you choose the "pots and pans" setting along with "heated dry." The dishwasher itself will get really hot washing and drying dishes on these settings. Then the dishwasher does what the other two appliances above do; they radiate that heat outward. Ergo, not only do you accomplish and complete chores and daily tasks by running these appliances, but your home will also get very toasty and stay that way most of the night.
If the Power Is Out
You do need electricity to run all of the above appliances in order to get that radiant heat. If the electricity is also out due to a power outage or storm, you may need to evacuate your home until you receive your heating fuel the next day. While using the above appliances to get your house warm is a last-ditch effort, you should still have a back-up plan in case the power is out. Likewise, anything else you could use to stay warm (e.g., an electric blanket), is not very helpful in these instances either. Plan ahead if you know you will be out of heating fuel for a day or less.