With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
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 confirm they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 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 a helpful way to heat small regions of your home, but verify 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 three feet away from anything flammable.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Charlotte, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right 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 products to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Charlotte.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 704-464-4307 today.