Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold 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 verify they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. 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 typically 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.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision 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 heating tune-up, make sure your heating vents are free from obstruction 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 keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Gainesville.

To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-374-6602 today.

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