With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking coffee will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. 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 typically safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure 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 Raleigh, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a heating tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating 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 result in a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 919-578-4329 today.