With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are working. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by an expert. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable items.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Roanoke, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, verify your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – 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 help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645 today.