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Safe Ways Homeowners Can Keep Their Homes Warm During Extended Sub-Zero Temperatures



Omaha, NE -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/11/2010 -- When we have prolonged sub-zero temperatures, some homeowners may have trouble maintaining desired comfort levels in their homes without supplemental heat. The best supplemental heating source is a UL Listed electric space heater. We do not recommend using a fireplace for supplemental heating since heated indoor air will be going up the chimney and actually make the problem worse. Also, we do not recommend using an open oven door or stove (gas or electric) due to safety concerns of having these appliances on and often left unattended. Another action is for homeowners to heat the garage which helps cut the heat loss on any rooms adjacent or above the garage. The best heat source for a garage is a gas fired infrared heater.

Why are some homes uncomfortable? The engineering standard for sizing heating systems in the Omaha Council Bluffs metro area is 70 degrees indoors when it is 0 degrees outdoors for a 70 degree temperature difference. So if a furnace is sized exactly correct, it would be running 60 minutes out of every hour when the temperature is 0 outside and the thermostat inside was set at 70. Hence if it was -10 outside then the maximum temperature indoors would only be 60 degrees!

Two things help to prevent 60 degree homes. One is when the temperature dips below zero; it doesn’t normally stay that low very long. Our homes have thermal mass, which resists change and delays the drop in indoor temperature. The second thing is many heating systems are oversized so the heating output can maintain more than a 70 degree temperature difference.

For more information on this or other heating topics, please contact Ron Getzschman at Getzschman Heating LLC. in the office at 402-272-0289 at ext. 1016 or email Ron at or Joe Moore@ AmeraScope Media at 402-935-7793 ext. 201, email at