With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s important that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small areas of your home, but verify it has been authorized 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 items.
With a furnace tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gainesville, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating 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 appliances to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Gainesville.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-414-4006 today.