With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors 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 some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are working. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace can 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 an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Roanoke, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a heating 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 prevent allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance 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 all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645 today.