With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking coffee will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital 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 checked by a specialist. 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 sections of your home, but verify it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Miami, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, verify your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from irritating 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 appliances 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 Miami.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 305-440-1505 today.