If your heater goes out all of a sudden during the winter months, you could find yourself in a panic, wondering how you are going to keep yourself and your family warm in the meantime. There are HVAC companies out there that offer 24-hour service 365 days of the year and that work quickly, but depending on how busy your HVAC company is, you may have to wait several hours or even a couple of days before someone is able to come out and make the repair. If this is the case, you're going to have to do what you can to keep yourself and your loved ones warm while you wait. Luckily, following these tips can help.

Invest in Electric Space Heaters

Even though you might not like the idea of spending any more money than necessary when you're already facing the potential cost of a heating-repair bill, you may want to look into purchasing an electric space heater. These small heaters aren't really designed to be used on their own for heating a home, but they can work to heat up certain rooms of your home in a pinch. Smaller models are generally relatively affordable, and you can use one in each of your family's bedrooms or in the living room. If it's not in the budget to purchase multiple heaters, consider buying one larger model for your living room and huddling up with your family there until the heater can be repaired. Later, after your heating system is fixed, you can use your space heaters for supplemental heating.

Cover Up Sources of Cold Air

It's really best if you seal up all of the sources of cold air in your home anyway, since having drafts can cause your heating bills to rise significantly during the winter. If you haven't done this yet, now is the time. Use caulk to seal around your windows, and consider investing in weatherstripping to put around your doors. Additionally, hanging heavy blankets over your windows can help block out some of the cold air that might be getting into your home.

Warm Up with Comfort Food

Now is the best time to make your favorite comfort foods. Making a piping-hot and comforting casserole or a delicious homemade pot roast in your oven is a good way to heat up the home and heat up your and your family members' bellies. You could also try baking cookies to keep the oven going—potentially heating up part of your home while it's on—and to help make this difficult time a little bit easier for everyone in the house.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to help your family stay warm while you're waiting for your heater to be fixed. Give these tips a try, and you may be able to stay more comfortable than you think while you're waiting on your HVAC tech. Call a company like Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning so you can have your HVAC repair made.