We recently had to think about how to heat a room with no electricity.
Last December, when the weather was terrible and the nights seemed to come around so early, we had a power cut. After the initial excitement of plunging into darkness, we came to the conclusion that the electricity could be out for some time. It was out for some time and after a while it got pretty cold. When it came back on and we were all toasty warm again, it made me appreciate the technology we had in the house, but it also made me wonder how to heat a room with no electricity.
How to heat a room with no electricity
Good old fire heat
Fire – you can’t knock it can you. It’s been our main source of heat for over a million years. Today it still is. So if your house has a chimney and a fireplace, there’s your simple solution. Put some logs or some coals in the fireplace, with a few stick. The sticks will catch fire easier – light them and you’re away. A traditional fire like this can warm up a room incredibly quickly and it brings a very cosy atmosphere into your house.
Look at a new family of puppies, all trying to conserve their own heat. They don’t spread themselves around the house, all demanding their own rooms and their own personal space. No, they all huddle up together, keeping as close as they can to one another. This is because they’re all generating heat and they’re all wanting a bit of each other’s generated heat. Humans can do the same, maybe not to the same extent, especially if you have grumpy teenagers in the room, but just by being in one room together rather than all being in your own rooms, you can share your own body heat with others.
If you insulate your house properly then the room will retain so much more heat. The house should have insulation in the walls of your home and in the attic. Doors and windows should have good seals around the edges. Lay carpets and rugs down to give floors better insulation.
All household fabrics will do a good job of retaining heat, so a room with long curtains, thick wallpaper and fabric covered furniture will help you keep that room cosy.
Another great thing about a well insulated house, is that not only does it retain heat when you need it in the winter, it will also keep the house cool in the summer.
Make a Terracotta Pot Heater
You can make your own heater with a couple of terracotta pots (or simple clay flower pots), some tealights and a metal pan. Check this video out to see how to make one yourself.
Propane Gas Heaters
You can get propane gas heaters specifically for indoor use. That’s important to know, because outdoor use propane gas heaters will emit much more carbon monoxide. This is dangerous when inhaling too much. New heaters are addressing this problem much better so always check the safety guidelines before buying one.
Oil lamps and candles
Again you need to be careful of carbon monoxide levels when using oil lamps. Make sure your house has ventilation. This could be tricky if you’re trying to keep warm. A couple of candles on their own won’t really generate much heat. However, when grouped together they can increase the room temperature slightly.
Let the sun in
If it’s cold and frosty outside, chances are you may have clear skies. The sun is still warming when it shines through the window. Make sure that the curtains are open in the daylight hours. Do this to let those sunbeams stream in and warm the room.
Ok this is an obvious one, but if all else fails and you’re still cold – KEEP MOVING. Do some push ups, sit ups, running on the spot – and you’ll warm up faster than ever.