With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Stevenson Service Experts is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by a specialist. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small areas of your home, but confirm it has been approved 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 products.
With a heating tune-up from Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192 today.