With the winter season we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking coffee will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
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 confirm they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a specialist. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but verify it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from any flammable items.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Naples, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991 today.