Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Each year over 20,000 people end up in the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the heating months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your family safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety heat your home.

 

  • Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries yearly.
  • Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a distance over three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
  • Before starting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like porcelain tile. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater tips over.
  • Do not use a oven to warm your home.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally examined and cleaned annually.

 

The best thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your fall tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Service Experts will check to be sure your heating equipment is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 352-374-6602 today and ask how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.

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