Now that winter is here, the last thing you want is a broken heater. Unfortunately, you usually don't know you have a problem with your heater until you try to use it on a cold day. Having your heater break down in the middle of winter can be devastating, especially if you have to wait for parts to be delivered. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to take the edge off the cold until your heater can be repaired. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep warm.

Bake Something Yummy

Using your oven as a space heater is dangerous and should never be attempted. However, baking a batch of cookies is an excellent way to heat up your home. It's also a great way to take your mind off the cold. If you're waiting for your heater to get repaired, break out the baking supplies and treat your family to some baked goods. Your home will get warmer and you'll have some tasty treats to enjoy.

Use Hot Water Bottles

If can be difficult going to bed at night when your heater is broken. Those sheets can get pretty cold. One way to stay warm at night is to use hot water bottles. Place several hot water bottles between the sheets before you head to bed. The heat from the hot water will warm your bed up so you can get to sleep. Place one or two in each bed in your home, so that the whole family can stay warm through the night.

Make Your Own Heating Pads

If you don't have access to hot water bottles, you can make your own heating pads to keep you warm. Simply fill an old sock with uncooked rice and tie it off so it doesn't spill. Place the sock in the microwave for about 60 seconds to heat up the rice. You'll stay nice and warm with your handmade heating pad.

Buddy Up For The Night

If you have kids who usually sleep in their own beds, now would be a good time to have them share beds. Cuddling up with siblings will help keep your kids warm while the heater isn't working. In fact, if you have a big enough bed, go ahead and have them cuddle up with you during the night.

It's never convenient to have your heater break down in the middle of winter. Use these simple methods to stay warm while get in touch with a heating repair company. If it gets too cold in your home while you're waiting for repairs, be sure to seek emergency shelter.