With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s vital that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but verify it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable products.
With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Longmont, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 303-647-5749 today.