Emergency heat source?
Hi all, A newbie here in many areas: new to forum, new to home ownership, and new to old-home ownership.
Our house is 81 years old with plaster walls, no insulation in the walls (that I know of) and old wavy glass windows (hence my name; I keep needing to play up the virtue of these windows in my own mind, so I don't curse myself when the exterior storms, rope caulking, and foam pulley-hole insulation fails to keep all the cool air out).
We have a pretty efficient gas furnace in the basement. But I assume that with winter upon us, and living in WI in a neighborhood with old trees and long branches, I need to be prepared for a power outage.
My question: what do people use for emergency heat (other than wood, which is not an option for us)? I assume my furnace needs electricity to operate, and I assume I should be prepared for my furnace to fail, so I need to add something in case of emergencies. Is the default choice some sort of portable kerosene heater, or are there propane heaters that people like?
Thanks for any and all responses!