With the winter season we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are working. Since CO does not have a smell 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 going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but confirm 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 36 inches away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Charles, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to ensure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 630-246-2698 today.