Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Every year over 20,000 people end up in the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips to safety warm your home.

 

  • Put in a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries annually.
  • Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a distance over three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, always check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Turn off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving the area.
  • Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like porcelain tile. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When purchasing a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
  • Do not use a cooking range to heat your home.
  • Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally checked and cleaned yearly.

 

The ultimate thing you can do for your heating system is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your heating tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Service Experts will check to make sure your heating equipment is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 919-578-4329 today and find out how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.

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