With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket 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!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial 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, make 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 properly 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 verify it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from any flammable products.
With a furnace tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Houston, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a Precision 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 stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate ways and wrong ways to make sure your home is heated – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need help 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 through the winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at (713) 352-7887 today.