With the cold 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, Comfort Masters Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly 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 make sure 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 anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Comfort Masters Service Experts in Wheeling, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help prevent allergens from aggravating 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 support paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Comfort Masters Service Experts at 847-250-6729 today.