With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time inside 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!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are working. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have working CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 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 typically safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small rooms 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 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Shreveport, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid 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 devices to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 318-588-8163 today.