With the winter season 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 cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable items.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Livermore, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these products to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous reserve 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 winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 925-364-5427 today.